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Dr Ratu Atonio: Politics Aside, We’re Here For The Nation

Where the need may arise and our assistance may be sought, we are willing to put our expertise and knowledge to use for the benefit of the nation, says Dr
29 Nov 2018 10:44
Dr Ratu Atonio: Politics Aside, We’re Here For The Nation
Opposition MP, Dr Ratu Atonio Lalabalavu outside Parliament on November 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Where the need may arise and our assistance may be sought, we are willing to put our expertise and knowledge to use for the benefit of the nation, says Dr Ratu Atonio Lalabalavu.

While delivering his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday, the Shadow Minister for Health congratulated the appointment of the new Health Minister and Medical Services and his Assistant and also acknowledged the work by past ministers and all those who have engaged in the public health care and medical services.

Dr Ratu Atonio highlighted that the Health Ministry had always been in the spotlight for adverse reasons.

“Too often when issues are raised with passion and some degree of heat from this side of the House, it is only acceptable that we get a charged-up response and in the cut and thrust of the debate, emotions win over reason and political point scoring overpowers the need to redress the issues.”

He added that it was time to exercise restraint and to stay focused on the job.

Dr Ratu Atonio highlighted a few pressing issues in the Healthcare and Medical Services sector which he said were “endless.”

“What is important is for the Hon. Minister to take note of these issues and take remedial action of which we are hopeful.”

Commenting on Dr Ratu Atonio’s speech, Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said all the issues have been noted and would be responded to tomorrow in his speech which would also articulate some of the areas that they are looking at.

Meanwhile, his father and fellow Opposition MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu said all MPs have a big role to play in bringing about respect, safety, freedom and dignity for all Fijians.

He invited all members of the House to put aside their differences and work together to bring about national unity and progress.

He said his only regret was that he has only one life to live and serve his country.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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