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$15m for health care

Luke Rawalai
Friday, February 01, 2013

THE extra $15 million in the Ministry of Health's budget allocation will improve medical services to the public, says Minister for Health Doctor Neil Sharma.

The minister said the ministry had received $9 million for the purchase of medication and $4 million for blood bags and other equipment.

"We have been given enough to purchase what we need," said Dr Sharma.

"This has enabled us to update our stock of supplies so that we do not run out of equipment and medications," he said.

"Sometimes things go wrong as the manufacturer might not manufacture the medicine in time or the supplies miss the boats to transfer medical supplies over to the north or boats get delayed due to natural disasters and other unforeseen circumstances," he added.

Dr Sharma said he would meet with the members of the Labasa Hospital Board of Visitors who were mandated to improve services wherever they could.

"We will work together in discussing areas where they can step in to better our services to the public," he said.

"In this way, we want to ensure that everybody do their share of work." The government has vowed to improve health services in the country by increasing the ministry's budget allocation and recruiting more health professionals.