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COVID-19 Response Budget: $40M Top-Up To Health Ministry For COVID-19 Fight

The top-up means supplies like face masks to complex and expensive equipment like ventilators in hospitals can be purchased.
27 Mar 2020 09:25
COVID-19 Response Budget: $40M Top-Up To Health Ministry For COVID-19 Fight
Health Minister Dr. Iferemi Waqainabete outside Parliament on March 26, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The $40-million-dollar top-up in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services budget will ensure the medical sector has the specific, technical tools it needs to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

This is in addition to the $347.5 million allocated to the health sector in the current financial year.

The top-up means supplies like face masks to complex and expensive equipment like ventilators in hospitals can be purchased.

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It will also fund more personal protective gear for workers, the set-up of fever clinics, thermal scanners and the ability to isolate at-risk patients.

“Many of these items were already exempt for the public health sector, but now we’re opening the same relief to the private sector as well, ensuring Fijians can keep hygienic and healthy at as low a cost as possible, regardless of where they’re treated or buy their own supplies from. So the private sector can import more of these goods and pass these benefits to customers,” Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.

This emergency funding to health, along with these new targeted tax measures, pushes our total COVID-19 Stimulus Package past the billion-dollar mark.

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