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Concern over 'cold' delivery

Serafina Silaitoga
Saturday, August 02, 2014

THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre has condemned comments by Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma about the case of the Seaqaqa woman who gave birth outside the health centre.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said Dr Sharma should not blame the woman but instead make enquiries about the health and welfare of the mother and child.

"From what we've read, there's been no attempt whatsoever by the minister to ensure or even enquire about the health and welfare of mother and child, instead he seems to have jumped straight into the blame game, targeting the mother and protecting his staff who were supposed to be there for the people of Fiji," she said.

"He then says the mother should have proceeded to Labasa and this is a statement that totally contradicts the Health Ministry's constant ramblings about how mothers should give birth at their nearest health centres instead of always travelling to major hospitals.

"Where then does this leave the credibility of our health care system?" she said.

Dr Neil Sharma yesterday apologised for comments in media reports.

"I want to point out to every Fijian that the advisories we issue is for one single purpose; to save lives. We recognise that 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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