Health of Fijians should be above cheap political tricks: Dr Waqainabete

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete outside Parliament. Picture: SUPPLIED

AS representatives of the Fijian people, we need to rise above this fear-mongering for their health, and the health of our nation.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete in his maiden speech in Parliament last Friday.

Dr Waqainabete said the health of Fijians should be above cheap political tricks and dirty lies.

“The confusion spread by the Opposition may win them votes, but the paranoia they sow about the¬†Public Private¬†Partnership (PPP) is as dangerous as any disease,” he said.

“Make no mistake, if a patient thinks twice about visiting one of these innovative new medical facilities because of the fear instilled by the Opposition, it could quite literally cost Fijian lives.”

Dr Waqainabete said the truth was that the PPP would come at no additional cost to the patient or the Fijian taxpayer, and would incur absolutely no debt to Government.

“That’s not the way these partnerships work. Fijians will have access to cleaner, modern facilities with more comfortable treatment,” he said.

“They will have access to new and innovative treatments, like 24-7 heart surgeries, for the very first time in Fijian history.”

He said essential healthcare workers at the hospitals would have access to new training opportunities with new equipment and a better working environment and that hundreds of thousands of Fijian mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, and newborns would stand to benefit from the partnership.

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