PREGNANT mothers in the Lau Group can deliver their babies at their nearest nursing station or health centre as nurses have the skills.
These were the words of Eastern Division Medical Officer Dr Eliki Nanovu when questioned by villagers of 15 villages during a government tour to the Lau Group.
Complaints were raised by islanders especially villages in the district of Kabara about having to send pregnant women to Suva because the nurses stationed at their nursing station would not deliver babies.
Dr Nanovu told the villagers of Naikeleyaga in Kabara that there had been no directive from the Ministry of Health to send pregnant mothers to Suva for delivery and all nurses or medical personnel sent to the nursing stations could deliver babies.
"I do not know where they are getting the advice from to send pregnant women to Suva for delivery," Dr Nanovu said.
"But I can reassure you that the nurses out here in the islands can do deliveries."