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Free medicine scheme benefits more than 31,000 Fijians

Free medicine scheme benefits more than 31,000 Fijians
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar with members of Fiji Pharmaceutical Society during the society’s annual conference in Pacific Harbour on August 11, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News
August 13
12:11 2018

More than 31,000 Fijians are now benefitting from the Government’s Free Medicine Programme.

When speaking during the Fiji Pharmaceutical Society annual general meeting at Pacific Harbour on Saturday night, Minister for Health and Medical Service Rosy Akbar extended Government’s appreciation to the society for coming onboard to implement the initiative.

“The programme was introduced as part of Government’s initiative to ensure equity in terms of accessibility and availability of key medicines,” Ms Akbar said.

“This is in partnership with the Private Retail Pharmacy for citizens earning a gross salary of below $20,000 a year

“There are some teething programmes, that will be ironed out as announced in the 2018-2019 Budget.”

Ms Akbar said the Government had now reviewed the process that would make acquisition of these medicines more convenient for both the retail and public sectors.

“The new restructure allows the retail pharmacies to procure their own medicine in the Free Medicine Programme lists that the Government will reimburse accordingly.

“This will ease the availability of the medicines that will enable those beneficiaries to access the medicines listed within the 142 list at a retail pharmacy near to them.”

Ms Akbar said the ministry would continue to carry out the Free Medicine Registration drive throughout the country to register more beneficiaries.

On the theme of the conference “Reproductive Health – Let’s Talk about Sex”, Ms Akbar said it was important to break down the barriers and talk about reproductive health.

Source: DEPTFO News

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