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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.

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