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Register For Free Medicine: Bhatnagar

Members of the public are encouraged to register with Government’s free medicine initiative. The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar launched the free medicine initiative at the
15 Apr 2015 09:29
Register For Free Medicine: Bhatnagar
The chief executive of the NZ Venture Investment Fund Franceska Banga (left), with Minister for Health and Medical Serices Jone Usamate yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Members of the public are encouraged to register with Government’s free medicine initiative.

The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar launched the free medicine initiative at the Super Drug Pharmacy at Nabua yesterday.

Ms Bhatnagar said the initiative was the Government and Health Ministry’s commitment to improve health services and health delivery to its people.

“Medicinal supply has always been a challenge and the health ministry and the Fiji Government has worked towards addressing this issue,” she said.

“The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate had, during his recent trip to India, met with the organisations that can assist the ministry in its pharmaceutical challenges like stock items, wastages, procurement processes and overall inventory system.”

The ministry, she said, aimed to better and improve health service delivery through an efficient pharmaceutical supply system.

Those eligible for the free medicine initiative can provide such prescriptions to any government pharmacy and/ or selected private pharmacies and upon presentation of valid identification (ID) will be able to access selected medicines free of charge.

“The free medicine initiative will benefit the people of Fiji making healthcare affordable to low- income earners,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

Super Drug Pharmacy supported the initiative yesterday.

“I thank them for this because it now means that our people will have easy access to medicines,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

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