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WHO helps Fiji equip water department

SUVA, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) provided 92,000 Fijian dollars (around 40,000 U.S. dollars) worth of lab equipment to Fiji's Department of Water and Sewage on Tuesday to strengthen water safety.

Minister for Public Works, Meteorological Services, and Transport, Ro Filipe Tuisawau, said the equipment will enhance and improve the testing capacity of the lab, which will ensure the reformation of the structure of the water delivery services in Fiji.

The WHO assistance comes in a timely manner and will contribute towards achieving the ministry's newly-launched Water Strategy 2050, Tuisawau told Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

UN Health Organization Team Coordinator, Tomo Kanda, stressed the importance of water sanitation and hygiene, saying the WHO would like to collaborate with the ministry on the logistical water pipe and setting the water infrastructure.

"Once we settle the good water line pipe, which is infrastructure, we would like to also maintain the quality of the water, which is through surveillance and also water comes to the family health facilities," Kanda added.