19 Feb 2004

Head of Fiji hospital board says he is concerned about ceiling leaks in new building

4:41 pm on 19 February 2004

The head of the medical board at Fiji's Nadi hospital says it could be two months before the hospital is functioning properly again.

The ceiling of a relatively new building, housing outpatients, operating theatre, accident and emergency, x-ray department and laboratory, collapsed during heavy rain over the last week.

Dr Harry Kewal says the Public Works Department is consulting with the builders to find out how the hospital could be so damaged only two years after being built.

"We are certainly concerned that the leakage has come in where there is a disruption of services to the people of Nadi. For the other aspect we leave it to the professional people to have a look at the builders, the architecture, the planning and so forth. And (we) certainly people will get together and remedy this problem once and for all."

Dr Kewal says the affected services have been moved into another building, and some patients taken to Lautoka Hospital, 30 kilometres away.