The Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital in Suva is undergoing major renovation works that will also see a number of modern medical equipment installed at the hospital.
The project, worth close to $10m will have a new urology center set up and include a state of the art “lithotripter” -a machine that pulverizes kidney stones by ultrasound as an alternative to their surgical removal. Fiji’s Health Minister, Dr Neil Sharma says that a new CT scanner will also be commissioned to replace a 9-year-old scanner that have seen better days.
“During this process, CT scan services will be disrupted, however for serious cases the Ministry will be referring it for an MRI which is fully functional. We would like to request members of the public to bear with us since the upgrading and commissioning of new machines is done for their benefit”, Minister Sharma said in a statement.
“Apart from commissioning of all these machines, two new operation theatres will be ready at CWM by the end of this year while work on another two will be completed by mid next year. So all in all CWM will have a total of 13 operating theatres by mid next year which is a great achievement itself”, added Dr. Sharma.
With the increase in the number of operating theatres, Dr Sharma says the Ministry will look to recruit more surgeons and Anesthetists to cater for the demand.