MRI Ma­chine to be re­placed in two years: Dr Waqain­a­bete

Fiji Sun - - Parliament News - SELITA BOLANAVANU­A Edited by Jonathan Bryce selita.bolanavanu­[email protected]­

The Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices has got plans to re­place the cur­rent Mag­netic Res­o­nance Imag­ing (MRI) ma­chine in the next two years.

This was high­lighted by Min­is­ter Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

He said the Colo­nial War Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal faced tech­ni­cal is­sues with the MRI ma­chine on Au­gust 13, how­ever the prob­lem was fixed and the ser­vice was re­sumed on Au­gust 26.

Dr Waqain­a­bete also clar­i­fied that the MRI ma­chine was not a treat­ment tool, it was a di­ag­nos­tic tool and there are spe­cial­ists who take care of the book­ings. Fiji has only one MRI ma­chine which is now eight years old. Re­spond­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion by Op­po­si­tion mem­ber Salote Radro­dro on whether there would be a MRI ma­chine in the new Lau­toka Hos­pi­tal, Dr Waqain­a­bete said now that the hos­pi­tal would be man­aged by Health Care Fiji, it might be one of their plans as well.

He said the in­stal­la­tion of MRI since 2011 has helped not only the Fi­jian peo­ple, but also those in the Pa­cific and tourists. Mean­while, the Re­pub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Black Rock Camp in Nadi is be­ing con­sid­ered as a pos­si­ble site for the Na­tional Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­tre (NEOC) back-up in­for­ma­tion sys­tem.

This was re­vealed in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day by Min­is­ter for Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment and Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Jone Usa­mate.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete on Sep­tem­ber 3, 2019.

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