Fiji Time: 2:08 PM on Thursday 8 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Health Minister apologises

By TIMOCI VULA
Friday, August 01, 2014

Update: 8:59PM HEALTH Minister Dr Neil Sharma has apologised for the comments he made in The Fiji Times today regarding a pregnant mother who delivered her baby on the bench outside Seaqaqa Health Centre in Macuata, Vanua Levu at 3.30am on July 15.

Dr Sharma had said it was the error on the woman's part because she could have moved to Labasa or alerted someone in the area.

In a government statement issued tonight, Dr Sharma apologised if those comments he made seemed 'abrupt or uncaring'.

"A young woman was advised to present herself early at the Labasa Hospital after doctors noticed that she was in early stages of delivery. Despite the advice given, the woman presented herself to the health centre instead of the hospital the day after," the statement said.

"I want to point out to every Fijian that the advisories we issue is for one single purpose; to save lives. We recognise there might be circumstances preventing her from travelling to Labasa Hospital but we reiterate that it is important that these advisories are taken seriously to avoid any complications."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64300.6240
JPY 55.881552.8815
GBP 0.38330.3753
EUR 0.45090.4389
NZD 0.68530.6523
AUD 0.65230.6273
USD 0.48750.4705

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 8th December, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Quest for justice
  2. Gates not happy with system
  3. NFP: Stop wilful removals
  4. Student likes concept put in place for learning
  5. 'We'll miss him'
  6. Firefighters rescue four in town blaze
  7. Men move into nursing
  8. Sevens plot
  9. College churns out 445 graduates in 9 years
  10. $100m sugar projects

Top Stories this Week

  1. Superstition or fact Sunday (04 Dec)
  2. Shes Dunn it again! Friday (02 Dec)
  3. Call to be prepared for cyclone season Friday (02 Dec)
  4. Black magic claim Saturday (03 Dec)
  5. Doctors reveal, heavy grog swipers require more drugs for surgery Saturday (03 Dec)
  6. Fiji mum, baby kept in cell Wednesday (07 Dec)
  7. Salary review plan for teachers, says Reddy Monday (05 Dec)
  8. Fatal torture Wednesday (07 Dec)
  9. Fiji's Year 10 results out Tuesday (06 Dec)
  10. PM did not endorse app Sunday (04 Dec)