‘Every mother deserves the peace of mind and comfort that their child is being delivered safely in a clean and hygienic space by qualified and capable health professionals’.
This was highlighted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the ground breaking ceremony of the CWM Hospital New Maternity Unit extension.
Bainimarama says they are extending the existing CWM maternity ward into a 200 bed facility.
The Prime Minister says they are also integrating clinical services offered to Fijian women to a level which Fiji has never seen before.
The new Suva Women’s Unit upon completion will offer post, ante and neonatal facilities, a first stage delivery room, a post anaesthetics delivery unit, eight new delivery rooms, three new operating theaters, a palliative Care Ward; a High Dependency Unit, conference rooms, ultrasound and x‑ray capabilities, a family planning office, all built to the same standard as hospitals in more developed countries.
He adds that currently CWM Hospital has its maternity unit and operating theaters at opposite ends of the hospital and it will change when the new unit is opened.
He says this took about two years of careful planning and preparations by his government to deliver this extension to the CWM Hospital.
Bainimarama says they are purchasing more modern medical equipment for CWM Hospital and across the country and they have opened and upgraded new health facilities at Makoi, Beqa, Tailevu, Tavua, Sigatoka, and Cuvu and soon as well as in Rotuma, Nakasi, Navosa, Naduri, Ba and Lautoka.
He adds they are investing in community‑based approaches that raise awareness on health issues, and give Fijians the tools they need to make healthy decisions and take greater responsibility for their own health.
The Prime Minister also highlighted that there were about 8,500 babies born at the CWM Hospital last year.
He says in 2006 there were about 6,500 babies born and in 2010 it was about 9,100.
He highlighted that last year Fiji recorded the lowest still birth rate in Fijian history which was an average of 6 per 1000 births.
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