More tents to be erected at field hospital

More tents are expected to be erected at the Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT) fi eld hospital at the Nadovu, Lautoka facility as the number of admissions surges daily. Picture: REINAL CHAND

More tents are expected to be erected at the Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT) field hospital at Nadovu, Lautoka facility as the number of admissions surges daily.

Head of FEMAT Dr Luke Nasedra said they had 25 admissions as of last Friday and were about to exhaust the 28-bed facility.

“When we started on Sunday (May 9) and by Tuesday I had made the projection that we will exhaust the facility by Friday (May 14) and that has happened,” Dr Nasedra said.

“So we are staring to extend, from tomorrow there will be a lot of tents, I have seen quite a lot people coming into the facility.

“We also have regular updates with Lautoka Hospital and all the sub-divisional hospitals in the West and we know that if we exhaust our bed facility we can send patients to other facilities.”

Dr Nasedra said they also continued to advise people accessing the facility on the services they would not offer and sent them to other medical facilities where they could access those services.

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong had announced earlier this month that a 150-bed non-COVID-19 facility would be set up in the Nadovu facility to cater for non-COVID-19 patients.

He added the plan was to let this facility handle illnesses that could be treated on a 21-day time line.

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