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From Fiji Times Online (11 January 2018)

13.7pc have disability

By Solomone Rabulu

ONE hundred and thirteen thousand, five hundred and ninety-five (113,595) people of the total recorded population of 884,887 enumerated in the 2017 Population and Housing Census were reported to have at least one functioning challenge or disability.

This accounted for 13.7 per cent of the total population enumerated last year.

This statistics was part of the 2017 census report released by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBoS) yesterday.

Census Commissioner Epeli Waqavonovono said this 13.7 per cent was close to the international benchmark of 15 per cent.

Rotuma recorded the highest number of people living with disabilities, accounting for 21.7 per cent of the total provincial population. Lau followed with 18.2 per cent, Serua at 18.1 per cent, Bua at 16.9 per cent, Lomaiviti at 16.0 per cent with the province of Nadroga and Navosa recording the lowest percentage of 10.4 per cent of people living with disabilities.


From Fiji Sun Online (5 January 2019)

30 Engineers On Festive Break Return To Rotuma

By Maika Bolatiki

Thirty Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) engineers returned to Rotuma on Wednesday on board the Government vessel, Vunilagi.

RFMF Engineers operations officer Major Sanaila Vatukalulu said the 30 engineers were on Christmas and New Year’s leave here while 10 engineers stayed in Rotuma to look after their equipment.

“They (30 engineers) are going back to continue work at the new Rotuma Hospital,” he said.

The vessel is also carrying some materials for the new hospital.

On Wednesday Fiji Sun contacted the project troop leader in Rotuma, Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Penaia Balawa, who said they were looking forward to meet their workmates again.

Major Vatukalulu said the RFMF engineers would continue to work on their ongoing projects around the country, most of which were self-funded.  Edited by Naisa Koroi


From Fiji Sun Online (29 December 2017)

Military Engineers To Return To Work On January 3

By Maika Bolatiki

Work on 12 projects, by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Engineers, will resume on January 03, 2018.

RFMF engineers operations manager Major Sanaila Vatukalulu said the engineers were on leave for Christmas and New Year.

"They will report back to work on January 03," he said.

As for the engineers working on the new Rotuma Hospital they will also return to the island on January 3. At the moment 10 engineers are looking after the construction site.

"From the 50 engineers involved in the construction of the Rotuma Hospital, 40 are on leave and 10 are at the site," Major Vatukalulu said.


From Fiji Sun Online (20 December 2017)

Rotuma Hospital Builders Return For Christmas Break

By Maika Bolatiki

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Engineers will now minimise activity at the Rotuma Hospital in Ahau during the festive season.

This was confirmed by the operations officer Major Sanaila Vatukalulu yesterday.

He said the Commander RFMF, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto went to Rotuma on Saturday on board the Patterson Brothers Shipping Limited owned vessel the `Spirit of Love' to inspect the hospital.

He said Rear Admiral Naupoto would return with some engineers on the 'Spirit of Love'.

"There are 50 engineers in Rotuma and only some will remain on the island to look after the RFMF equipment," Major Vatukalulu said.

Project troop leader Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Penaia Balawa said 20 engineers would remain in Rotuma.

He said they were also helping in the construction of a bakery at Hapmak village, a piggery at Lapta and laying blocks at a building at Lau Village.

WO1 Balawa said the hospital on the island would be completed in October 2018.

For the festive season he said about 200 engineers would be working around the country and they were on stand-by for the cyclone season.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Rotuma Rural Hospital


From Fiji Sun Online (15 December 2017)

Naupoto To Visit Engineers At The Rotuma Hospital

By Maika Bolatiki

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto will be visiting the RFMF Engineers constructing the Rotuma Hospital in Ahau.

Engineers’ Operations Officer Major Sanaila Vatukalulu said the Commander and his team would be leaving for Rotuma on December 16.

“The Commander will be leaving on a Patterson Brothers Shipping Company Ltd vessel “Spirit of Love” from Ellington jetty this Saturday and will be returning on the same vessel,” he said.

Major Vatukalulu said 54 engineers were in Rotuma some of whom would be spending Christmas and New Year away from their families.

He said the commander’s visit would boost the morale of the engineers in Rotuma.

He said the engineers were working on Phase 2 of the $5.2 million hospital.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Hosptial construction



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