Husbands told to man up

MEN of Lekutu in Bua on Vanua Levu were yesterday reminded to perform their duties well following the recent death of a child in the Nadi district in Bua as a result of malnutrition and prolonged sickness without proper medical treatment.

Speaking at the Lekutu district meeting, health inspector Bua Epeli Nanovu told representatives that bringing up a child was not the sole duty of a woman.

Mr Nanovu said they had been receiving a lot of malnutrition cases recently.

He said husbands were often ignorant of their duties as providers while women were left alone to fend for themselves and their children.

He added they also noted an increase in the number of anaemic mothers who continued to suffer because they were not looked after well by their husbands.

Also speaking at the meeting, the Social Welfare officer Bua, Qorio Naitoqeviwa, said they were giving out financial assistance to mothers with the advice of the Ministry of Health.

Mr Naitoqeviwa said mothers whom they assisted were those who had been recommended by the Ministry of Health.

He said the welfare program included the provision of $30 a month for each mother recommended by the ministry to receive such assistance.

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