THE Ministry of Health has nothing against the Catholic Church's stand on the use of contraceptives and other birth control measures but it is concerned about the care of children.
Speaking during an awareness program at the Fiji Catholic Women's League meet in Solevu, Bua, over the weekend Nabouwalu hospital's dietitian Kalesi Nalala said the ministry's worries lay on whether children were brought up in a healthy environment.
Responding to questions from the league members regarding the ministry's views on the churches condemnation of contraceptive use Mrs Nalala said the ministry did not see that as an issue.
Mrs Nalala encouraged women to think wisely and consider family planning before deciding to have children.
She said Catholics in the past had a reputation of having a lot of children because of the church's teachings on contraceptive.
She said however time had changed and in a heavily economised world this might not really work well.
Mrs Nalala called on women to be wise when making decisions about having children.
She said some iTaukei people often found the idea of family planning ridiculous.
She added this was not so because talking and planning about this could help parents in their roles as guardians.