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People Urged To Register For Free Medicine

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is calling on people to register for the free medicine programme. The ministry said registration would close at the end of the month.
06 Jan 2015 13:40
People Urged To Register For Free Medicine

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is calling on people to register for the free medicine programme.

The ministry said registration would close at the end of the month. It is a Government initiative to help Fijian access better health services.

The ministry’s media liaison officer, Sunil Chandra said in the 2014 Budget, Government had announced that the free medicine programme would start early this year.

“So far we did not have any response from people or health centres about the number of registration,” Mr Chandra said.

Meanwhile, some members of the public the Fiji Sun spoke to yesterday were not aware of the programme.

Asinate Mekevakatoga, 25, a Suva Market vendor, is one of them.

“This is the first time I have heard about free medicine programme. Now I will go and register to get free medicine,” Miss Mekevakatoga of Makoi, Nasinu, said.

“Government has made a great initiative through the free medicine programme. It will help a lot of poor people.”

Police Constable Setareki Wainiu Pio said, “What is this programme all about? I did not know about such programme.

“I am going to apply. In hospitals poor families when they do not have money do not go to hospital when they are sick because they have to pay for prescriptions.

“They cannot do that because they do not have money. With the free medicine, they will be able to access medicine to help them.”

Mr Chandra meanwhile, said more awareness had been conducted for the programme.

“We have created awareness on free medicine through media releases, newspapers and have notice posted on all health centres”.

He said people who were not aware should visit their nearest health centre and ask for free medicine programme registration form.

“All applications would be sent to the Ministry of Health by the end of this month by all health centres then the ministry would decide who is eligible,” Mr Chandra said.

Those eligible would need to present several official documents including an original certified birth certificate, evidence of annual salary less than $20,000 or statutory declaration statement, marriage certificate.

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