JAPAN TO FUND FIJI PHARMACY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 27, 2001 – Fiji Times)---The Fiji and Japanese governments are looking at a F$10-15 million (US$ 4.387-6.581) new pharmacy to be constructed at a site opposite the Vatuwaqa Golf course.

Health Ministry Acting Permanent Secretary Dr. Nacanieli Goneyali said the site was presently being used by the Royal Fiji Military Forces for sporting activities

"The project is a joint venture by the two countries but the exact contribution has not been finalized,'' Dr. Goneyali said.

He said a Memorandum of Agreement had been signed earlier this year and preparatory administrative and engineering work is under way.

He added that the project will start in August or September next year and should take 14 months to complete. Meanwhile, in February this year the ministry earmarked the Tamavua staff quarters for the pharmacy site. Tamavua Hospital staff were asked to vacate their quarters and look for new homes. The quarters were built during the colonial period and the first occupants have left to live in their own homes.

Tamavua Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Bera Kaitani said the quarters were intended for hospital staff that would be called to the hospital during odd hours for their services.

He said facilities had deteriorated and the toilets were no longer hygienic to use and to renovate the facilities would cost thousand of dollars. Staff spokesman Eroni Taviraki said they had been informed by the ministry that the site had been moved and they could stay at the new quarters.

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