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Ranking a result of hard work

Dawn Gibson
Monday, May 13, 2013

FIJI'S impressive standing on the recent State of the World's Mothers report has proved encouraging for mothers around the country.

The report, which is an annual research published by Save the Children, ranked Fiji as the 40th best place to be a mother out of a total of 80 countries.

Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said this was the positive result of dedication and hard work within the country.

"Currently, we're training, we're putting in equipment into clinics, the vaccinations are helping and so the end result means instances of infant mortality rates and child mortality rates will improve in due course.

"We have international targets to meet in MDGs four and five, so we're all working with all the resource limitations we have towards improving the quality of life of our children and the future of Fiji."

FWCC executive director Shamima Ali said it was an indicator of persistence and dedication.

"Maternal mortality rates have improved a lot and this is through many years of work by health and development agencies.

"They still need to continue working hard and we have to come to the top. More focus needs to be given towards the reproductive health of women in the country," Ms Ali said.


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