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Fill Free Medicine Initiative Form, Assistant Minister Tells

The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar yesterday encouraged residents of Tavua to fill in registration forms to qualify and benefit from Government’s ‘Free Medicine Programme’. The
22 Jan 2015 08:48
Fill Free Medicine Initiative Form, Assistant Minister Tells
The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar at the public consultation at Tavua Town Council chambers yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar yesterday encouraged residents of Tavua to fill in registration forms to qualify and benefit from Government’s ‘Free Medicine Programme’.

The programme assists individuals who earn less than $20,000 per annum, including dependent children and other dependent persons to access selected medicines from Government hospitals, dispensaries and selected private pharmacies free of charge.

The Assistant Minister called on residents to apply for the programme after questions relating to medicines were posed at public consultations held in Tavua.

“We have received minimal forms so we encourage you to fill in the forms should you qualify to benefit from the programme,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

“There are 72 medicines on the list that you will be able to obtain free of cost. Once this initiative is up and running, obtaining medicines from pharmacies will be faster. We also understand that there are incidences whereby there is a shortage of medicines. However, this at times is due to supply issues from the manufacturers.

“The Health Ministry continues to work very hard to address this issue.”

Members of the public are advised to obtain application forms should they qualify for the Free Medicine Programme or can contact their nearest health centre for further information.

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