18 Feb 2004

Leaking roof forces closure of parts of major Fiji hospital

7:32 am on 18 February 2004

Many key departments of a newly re-built Fiji hospital which caters for thousands of locals as well as tourists have been forced to close.

Leaking roofs have caused the collapse of ceilings and flooded many areas of the new Nadi hospital.

The operating theatre, the accident and emergency unit, the x-ray room, and the laboratory have been forced to close.

Medicine in the pharmacy has been badly damaged.

The labour minister, Kenneth Zinck, who personally carried out an inspection of the hospital yesterday, has told Fiji TV the condition of the hospital is a time bomb.

Patients are being diverted to the Lautoka Hospital about 30 kilometres away.

Last Friday night the ceiling of the departure lounge in the newly refurbished Nadi International Airport collapsed in heavy rain.

And last year, the main maternity wing in Suva;s Colonial War Memorial Hospital had to be closed after the ceiling collapsed during heavy rain.