Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has confirmed that government was able to send two children who needed immediate medical treatment to New Zealand as money has been allocated for that.
Waqainabete highlighted this after SODELPA MP Ratu Antonio Lalabalavu sought clarification on how will government prioritize visiting medical teams coming into the country, as money has been allocated for overseas medical and consultancy services and foreign visiting medical teams in the 2020-2021 National Budget.
Waqainabete says one of the children needed a heart operation and the other needed a chest operation.
He says that these two high-end emergency cases will probably cost them more.
Waqainabete also highlighted that they were able to bring back 60 Fijian patients who were stuck in India during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He says the visiting teams may coming next year but it will depend on the situation.
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