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Health Minister Sheds Light On FB Post By Dakuidreketi

“This is a concern because in our initial investigation, this was not a one off case and other similar events where people have been using this excuse to get money off people.
29 Mar 2022 11:56
Health Minister Sheds Light On FB Post By Dakuidreketi
Keni Dakuidreketi.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is investigating several claims made by individuals seeking monetary support to purchase vials for their children.

These individuals claim the vials have been prescribed by doctors for their sick children in hospital.

This was revealed following a social media post made by People’s Alliance Party member Keni Dakuidreketi on Sunday night which was brought to the ministry’s attention.

Mr Dakuidreketi claimed denial, lies and negligence on the part of the Minister of Health and Medical Services.

He said he met a woman, who was looking for someone to lend her $80, to purchase vials for her five-month-old son who was admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

Mr Dakuidreketi lended a helping hand to the lady and later received an update from her that her son died on Sunday afternoon.

He posted: “This kid did not have to die. A mother all the way from Sigatoka had to be told in a hospital “go and get your child’s medicine”. They even told her where to get it from and how much it would cost.”

“Minister, this child’s death is on you and your Government.”

 

Ministry of Health’s Response

Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete yesterday clarified that after investigating the matter in both Sigatoka and CWM hospitals, there was no such case reported where a child who was admitted needed such treatment and had died in hospital.

“We have all the stocks of lifesaving medicine that was needed for those children admitted in the children’s wards,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“This is a concern because in our initial investigation, this was not a one off case and other similar events where people have been using this excuse to get money off people.

“Certainly we have asked our staff to look into things so that Police could investigate further.”

Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong said it was unfortunate that the ministry was getting a few reports of similar nature that have been verified to be scams.

“Furthermore, a quick review of our drug stocks this morning (Monday) indicates that no drugs considered vital and lifesaving are out of stock.”

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