Table: Emergency Services in Fiji
|FIRE AND EMERGENCIES
|Central/Eastern Division Control Room (NFA)
|Western Division Control Room (NFA)
|Northern Division Control Room (NFA)
|(NFA) National FIre Service
Public Healthcare in Fiji
Expatriates’ are able to use and seek treatment at the many government-run public hospitals in Fiji. Although the level of care is not always of the standards available in developed countries, with wait times tending to be considerably longer than expected, the quality and quantity of equipment may be extremely basic, inefficient, or in some cases non-existent.
Visitor Advisory 1: The further you remove yourself from the three main urban areas of Fiji, the greater the distance and travel times to access appropriate facilities if needed in an emergency.
The 3 main public hospitals in Fiji are The Colonial War Museum Hospital located on the outskirts of Suva City in the Central Division; its counterpart Lautoka Hospital serving the people of the city with the same name in the Western Division; and, finally Labasa Hospital on Vanua Levu in the Northern Division. Each has several smaller specialized sub-divisional hospitals (SDH) dispersed across the different provinces and districts of Fiji.
Visitor Advisory 2: The Main Hospitals All Have English-speaking Staff
We have created 4 separate tables detailing the different hospitals with respect to their division and province. It is always worth knowing the location of your nearest medical facility when traveling, hopefully, you will not need to use their services, but it is better to have the information and not use it, than not have the most pertinent information when required.
Table: Hospitals in the Central Division
|Colonial War Memorial
|Serua Island/ Namosi
Table: Hospitals in the Western Division
|Ba, Lautoka City
Table: Hospitals in the Northern Division
Table: Hospitals in the Eastern Division
Table: Private Fiji Healthcare | English Speaking
|Nasese Private Hospital
|62 Ratu Sukuna Road, Suva
|120 Amy Street, Suva
|Zens Medical Centres
|40 Lodhias Street, Nadi
|Namaka Lane, Nadi
|10 Mana Street, Lautoka
Listed above are the few private hospitals in Fiji, they are mainly concentrated around the two main populated areas of Viti Levu, Suva or Nadi. These centers are normally open 24 Hours a day, with more specialized staff and diagnostic equipment available. Although the conditions and equipment are far superior to the public government hospitals, they are still lacking.
Visitor Advisory 3: STRONGLY ADVISE you to include in your travel insurance medical evacuation to Australia or New Zealand as part of your health Travel Insurance Cover. This is normally only a few extra dollars and you can rest assured you will be safe, DO NOT TREAT THIS AS AN EXTRA OR OPTIONAL.
Pharmacies in Fiji
Pharmacies and Drug Stores are widely available across all the cities and major towns of Fiji, enabling easy access to all expatriates and tourists on their holidays, with several pharmacies staying open late into the evening. It is highly advisable to bring sufficient supplies of necessary medication with you when coming to Fiji, with a doctor’s letter for the prescription from home, to present to the border control agents at the airport, and if you need to purchase an additional prescription during your travels.
Visitor Advisory 4: If you need prescribed medicine for your health condition, talk to your GP or practice nurse about your travel plans at least 2 months before your departure date. They can tell you if you need to make any special arrangements. (Traveling with your medicines, Always carry medicines and medical equipment (needles, syringes, and so on) in their original, correctly labeled packages. Details of your medicine, including its generic name (not just the brand name))
Visitor Advisory 5: Carry your medicine in your hand luggage (although check your airline’s regulations before travelling) with a copy of your prescription and consider packing some extra medicine in your suitcase or holding luggage in case you lose your hand luggage.
Visitor Advisory 6: Check that the expiry dates of your medicines will be valid for the duration of your visit abroad.
Health Hazards in Fiji
One of the two most common health issues expatriates have repeatedly reported are Food poisoning and stomach bugs, the three main causes being meat and fish products and the local tap water.
Visitor Advisory 7: Expats should avoid the following to minimise the chances of either of these two health issues upon arrival to Fiji 1) Avoid purchasing Meat or Fish from questionable establishments, especially from the roadside markets, as they normally have no refrigeration. 2) Buy bottled water or boil the water you drink or use to clean salads and raw vegetables, and when socializing avoid ice cubes or ice in your drinks.
Visitor Advisory 8: Pre-Travel Vaccinations for Fiji: There are no mandatory immunizations required for travel to Fiji. However, those moving to Fiji should ensure routine vaccinations, including measles and mumps, rubella, diphtheria tetanus pertussis, polio, chicken pox, and flu vaccines are up to date.