THE Vodafone health program mHealth has been up-scaled to combat the most vulnerable in society.
ATH Vodafone Fiji Foundation executive Ambalika Devi said the up-scaling had been done to address poverty and the increasing demands on the health system, which at times had become expensive and unaffordable.
"It is imperative that we increase our efforts towards ensuring an environment of better access to health for all our citizens and this is only possible if all of us come together to address the non-communicable disease crisis," Ms Devi said.
"Up-scaling mHealth is an added impetus in the direction of better health in our communities.
"The specific health channels will now incur a charge of 10 cents per message while the mHealth will remain free for the public."
Ms Devi said the reason for the charge was because the doctors in charge of the program believed health was an individual responsibility.
"Funds raised will go towards implementing proactive measures to addressing the humanitarian crises and medical needs in high-risk communities," she added.
She said Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) had put into place a range of measures to allow for better facilitation of its service.
"In running more innovative and proactive health program, this will better prepare ACATA in identifying health problems through conducting community health surveys and running series of participatory health workshops," Ms Devi said.