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Road and bridge conditions raise concerns

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CONCERNS have been raised by the head of St Thomas High School and Golden Age Home in Lautoka over the deteriorating state of a nearby bridge and gravel road leading to the two insitutions.

The bridge provides access to many students as well as staff members and relatives of senior citizens living at the home.

Golden Age Home superintendent Tara Naresh said the home was situated along a public road.

"Huge amount of dust is directly pumped into the compound and building," she said.

"We are constantly facing a dust problem which brings about problems such as coughing, infected eyes, contaminated food, contaminated coking areas and contaminated beddings."

"The dust pollution is a severe threat to the welfare and health of the elderly residents especially the bedridden."

Health authorities had also raised concerns about the impact of dust on medical operations at the Natabua Health Centre.

In a letter to the Fiji Roads Authority, former St Thomas High School principal Brother Sahai said the wooden bridge needed to be fixed and road tarsealed for the safety and wellbeing of students.

He said the wooden bridge was weak and in danger of collapsing.

He said the school had sent many formal requests but no action taken.

The Fiji Times showed the two letters from the two institutions to FRA maintenance manager Dale Nicholls and he said officials from his organisation would be sent to the area to first determine whether the road and bridge were public property.

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