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Allowance Increase Delights Health Workers

Allowance Increase Delights Health Workers
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alex O'Conor with a nurse and child at the opening of the Vatukarasa Nursing Station on August 8, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News
August 09
10:11 2018

Community health workers at Vatukarasa, Nameka and Natuva in Tailevu are delighted with the increase in their allowance.

This was after Prime Minister and Minister for iTaukei Affairs and Sugar Industry Voreqe Bainimarama spoke of the increase in allowance from $50 to $200 a month.

The Prime Minister was speaking during the opening of the Vatukarasa Nursing Station yesterday.

The increase was initially announced when the 2018-2019 National Budget was handed down by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on June 28.

Vatukarasa community worker Ilivema Nabunobuno said getting the increment was the icing on the cake.

“I have been a community health worker for the past 15 years and today I am happy that our work has been recognised,” Ms Nabunobuno said.

“We wouldn’t have known about this if the Prime Minister did not come today. Most of the time it was my husband who paid my fare and other expenses when I go for workshops, but now I will not have to ask my husband for assistance.”

Nameka community worker Lisko Veni Tinai said despite the hardships faced they were happy.

“Despite how far the hospital was, I was happy to help those that needed my help,” Ms Tinai said.

“I have been happy as a community worker for the past 13 years and will continue to do my job diligently.”

Natuva community worker Sinate Naituku added they would do what they could to help people who needed them. The increment in their allowance, she said, was an incentive to work harder.

Mr Bainimarama said the Government set aside the allowance from budget.

“The truth is that none of the new buildings or equipment would be of any benefit without the skilled hands of staff,” he said.

“In our rural communities, these shoes are often filled by community health workers and we have now brought all of these workers under the Ministry of Health, as opposed to other ministries,” he said.

“There are more than 1800 of these workers in Fiji and for the first time ever we’ve set aside a new allocation of $4.6 million to increase their allowances from $50 to $200 per month.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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