1 Apr 2014

Fiji government to help pregnant mothers

3:15 pm on 1 April 2014

Pregnant women in Fiji living in rural or maritime communities will no longer have to pay to travel to hospitals and clinics to have their babies.

The Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced the plan after a recent tour of the Lau group of islands.

The government says pregnant women who travel a long distance for medical care will have their transport costs reimbursed at health clinics and centres across the country.

Rear Admiral Bainimarama says it is the government's responsibility to address the issue.

The government says the initiative complements a food voucher plan for young pregnant women costing three quarters of a million US dollars.