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Health Minister apologises

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."

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