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Food Vouchers For New Mothers

First-time mothers can now demand a food voucher from the hospital where they gave birth. This was announced by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, during a talanoa session at Duavata
18 Jan 2016 09:30
Food Vouchers For New Mothers
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (front) got off the boat and walked towards Nawi Island in Savusavu, Vanua Levu. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

First-time mothers can now demand a food voucher from the hospital where they gave birth.

This was announced by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, during a talanoa session at Duavata Secondary School in Udu District, Macuata province during his tour.

“This initiative was put in place to assist mothers especially those in rural areas who are not able to provide the right type of food for their infants,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“First-time mothers have the right to have the food voucher to help feed their babies and themselves well and maintain good health.”

 

DOCTOR CONCERNS

Vasemaca Qarau, 34, said she was not aware about this Government-assistance initiative because no one informed her or the mothers in her village.

“We live very far away from Government departments in the main town and it is unfortunate we don’t get to know about Government’s initiative,” Ms Qarau from Cawaro Village said.

“Most mothers travel to Labasa Hospital before one month of delivery and they spend a lot of money.”

Senimili Vakatawa from Cawaro Village in Udu District told Mr Bainimarama that they needed one doctor to be stationed at Udu Nursing Station.

“There is only one nurse and in case of emergency, she makes a call to Lagi Health Centre and then the patient is transported in a fibre boat which takes about 40 minutes,” Ms Qarau said.

“If it is a very serious case then the patient is transferred to Labasa Hospital which is like three hours drive in a carrier vehicle.

“Can we have one doctor in Udu Nursing Station who can assist our nurse so that time and money can be saved during emergency hour,” Ms Cawaro requested.

Mr Bainimarama said he look into it their plight.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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