LAUTOKA Hospital could not conduct X-rays for all patients for about two weeks because chemicals required to develop X-ray films were low in supply.
The issue came to light two weeks ago by concerned residents needing X-rays but were turned away by staff members at the Lautoka and Nadi hospitals.
"The chemical that was not at the hospital is now available," Health Ministry media liaison officer Evlyn Mani confirmed yesterday.
"Last week, it was distributed and two weeks ago, the stock came in for the chemicals. Normally, it is procured from overseas and that is why it takes time to reach Fiji."
She said hospitals were sharing stock supplies at that time.
"So what hospitals were doing, for example Lautoka and Nadi hospitals, they were sharing whatever stock they had.
"At the same time, they prioritised cases that needed X-rays. If it was an emergency case then those were prioritised."
Nasoso resident Arvind Singh told this newspaper that he visited the Nadi Hospital about a month ago after spraining his foot.
"Doctors told me there was no film for the X-ray machine so I asked them if I could go and get an X-ray examination done in Lautoka or Suva and the medical staff told me there was no film in any of the hospitals," he said.
"They advised me to go to a private doctor."
He went back to the hospital repeatedly over three weeks and the X-ray film was still not available.