Sup­port for all moth­ers vi­tal: Health Min­is­ter

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Ef­fi­cient sup­port must be ac­corded to moth­ers be­fore and after child­birth. The Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete em­pha­sised this at the clos­ing of Breast­feed­ing Week at the Ba Mis­sion Hospi­tal. Dr Waqain­a­bete said COVID-19 re­stric­tions had in­flu­enced the de­ci­sion for sub­di­vi­sional of­fices to carry out their var­i­ous Breast­feed­ing Week aware­ness.

“We thought this year we would give the op­por­tu­nity to the sub­di­vi­sions, in­clud­ing hav­ing the staff in­volved and work­ing with the young moth­ers and going out to com­mu­ni­ties on the im­por­tance of not only breast­feed­ing, but also on the im­por­tance of the bond from preg­nancy un­til they are formed,” he said.

He said moth­ers, who faced chal­lenges dur­ing child­birth and breast­feed­ing due to anatom­i­cal de­for­mi­ties, needed to also be mon­i­tored.

“As we all un­der­stand, young moth­ers, they may need the time they de­liver and have healthy chil­dren they can breast­feed, but also there are some moth­ers who un­for­tu­nately lose their chil­dren so we must con­tinue to sup­port them,” he said.

He said his visit was to also speak with hospi­tal staff re­gard­ing Govern­ment’s vi­sion for the health sec­tor.

“I just wanted to talk to the staff, tell them what our fo­cus is for the next fi­nan­cial year, but also they have in­vited me to come and close Breast­feed­ing Week,” he said. Dr Waqain­a­bete said the COVID-19 pe­riod had placed much em­pha­sis on the im­por­tant role played by the health sec­tor.

“It shows the hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter and the Min­is­ter of Econ­omy have put health at the fore­front of their thoughts and their plan­ning,” he said.

As we all un­der­stand, young moth­ers, they may need the time they de­liver and have healthy chil­dren they can breast­feed, but also there are some moth­ers who un­for­tu­nately lose their chil­dren so we must con­tinue to sup­port them.

Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete

Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices

Photo: Fi­jian Govern­ment

(Mid­dle row, seated at the cen­tre) The Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete with staff of Ba Mis­sion Hospi­tal on August 6,2020.

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