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IWA expulsion from CWM is regrettable: Ravunawa

Opposition Spokesperson for Health and Medical Services, Penioni Ravunawa says the reported expulsion of the International Women’s Association (IWA) Fiji from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital premises is indeed regrettable.

Ravunawa said this non-profit, non-political organsation has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment through its volunteer efforts with the primary intention to uplift and improve the living conditions of women and children.

“It is indeed disheartening to witness such treatment towards an organisation of goodwill.”

“The IWA has significantly contributed to the development of the hospital, investing not only in infrastructure but also raising concerns about critical issues such as the state of the bathrooms, in a bid to uphold cleanliness and hygiene standards. Unfortunately, these efforts seem to have been overlooked.”

“Their sheer dedication to improving public healthcare is evident in their extensive work, which includes areas like the CWM Oncology Ward, Raiwaqa Health Centre, CWM Maternity and Children’s Hospitals, CWM Operating Theatre Training Rooms, IWA-Wellness Centre, St Giles Hospital, among others.”

“With a profound remittance of over one hundred thousand dollars to New Zealand for a brand-new Echocardiogram machine for the CWM Children’s Hospital, it’s evident that their dedication and contributions far exceed the norm.”

Ravunawa said it’s imperative to understand that good governance and a clear relationship framework are fundamental for working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil societies, faith-based groups, and other stakeholders.

“Therefore, it’s critically significant that both parties have a clear understanding of the terms of reference first hand to avert any discrepancies or hard feelings, such as in the current scenario.”

“I believe it’s significant for the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services to provide an apt explanation regarding the eviction of IWA Fiji from CWM Hospital.”

“This allows for transparency, accountability and paves the way for better collaboration with NGOs in the future.”

Questions have been sent to the Health Ministry for their response on the reported expulsion.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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