Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 1:08 AM on Thursday 28 August

/ Front page / News

President assures funding

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, January 30, 2014

PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has assured that government will continue to fund antiretroviral treatment for those living with HIV/AIDS if international funding ceases.

Speaking to students in Labasa yesterday, Ratu Epeli said if international funding ceased, he would hold government responsible to the funding of the treatment.

He said in 2009, international funding of about $US4million ($F7.52m) dropped to $US2.5m ($4.7m) in 2009.

"Government's contribution of 20 per cent totalled $250,000 and you can still see that funding from international sources made up the bulk.

"After all, government has moral obligations for the wealth and wellbeing of its citizens and as President, I will hold government to that responsibility.

"It has been commented by some in certain quarters that the international funding is of grave concern because it is not clear whether government can fill the gap if and when the international funding ceases," Ratu Epeli said.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Van Gaal unhappy
  2. Police act
  3. Dad tells of heartache as son is buried
  4. Payment at last
  5. Village counts its blessings
  6. Church membership drops
  7. Back to the Bible for Catholics
  8. Watch & improve
  9. New iTaukei version of Old Testament launched
  10. Back in frame

Top Stories this Week

  1. Dad's cry for justice Friday (22 Aug)
  2. Robbery suspect dies in hospital Thursday (21 Aug)
  3. Numbers list stays Monday (25 Aug)
  4. Death unacceptable, say parties Friday (22 Aug)
  5. Love, a new revelation Thursday (21 Aug)
  6. Shocking discovery Tuesday (26 Aug)
  7. Van Gaal unhappy Wednesday (27 Aug)
  8. Woman of faith Monday (25 Aug)
  9. Unacceptable Tuesday (26 Aug)
  10. Death of suspect sparks inquiry Friday (22 Aug)