Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama opened a new mortuary in Bukuya, Ba this afternoon, that will better allow surrounding residents to handle their dead with dignity.

“In a time of great mourning and strife, this type of struggle is the last thing a family should have to shoulder,” he said.

“While your community has undoubtedly come together to assist each other in these trying times, the previous way of doing things –– transporting the dearly deceased from the Bukuya Health Centre to the Keiyasi Hospital Mortuary 40 kilometres away –– was a burdensome journey that, I’m happy to say, is a thing of the past.”

Residents of Magodro District’s six villages welcomed the new mortuary, located near their local health center.

The $45,000 project is an investment funded by the Small Grants Scheme of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Villagers also took the opportunity to raise concerns and requests during a talanoa session with the Head of Government and ministerial staff.

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