9 Mar 2015

Fiji hospital upgrade nears completion

4:20 pm on 9 March 2015

The President of Fiji's Medical Association says the newly renovated Colonial War Memorial Hospital will allow for surgeries and operations that have never been performed in Fiji.

 Doctor with a stethoscope writing on a clipboard.

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Dr James Fong says the renovation is in its final stages and the hospital is expected to be running full services by the end of next month.

In 2013, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji claimed that under the Bainimarama regime the main health facility had a shortage of drugs, not enough specialists and a lack of expertise to fix equipment.

Dr. Fong says the much needed rebuild and new equipment were funded by the government and foreign donors.

He says some of the new services include neuro-surgery and cardiac surgery.

"We have the final stages of ICU - the new ICU unit. Our operating theatres, we've increased from four to eight operating theatres. We are now waiting to put in some new equipment in the operating theatres and in the ICU."