The Minister of Health, Jack Kalmet Noris, and the Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin jointly opened a Tuberculosis, TB ward to the Lenakel hospital on Tanna, late last week.

Representatives of the people of Tanna have said that it is an honour for the people to have access to this new TB ward and the services it provides.

During the opening a patient was given the opportunity to voice his and other patients' concerns directly to the minister and his high-level delegation.

VBTC News reporter covering the occassion said that the aim of this new approach is to introduce a new initiative of the hospital, to have patient forums and hear what patients have to say about the hospital's customer services.