General Practitioners around the country will be financially rewarded by the government for serving more patients.
This was highlighted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the Vatukarasa Nursing Station in Tailevu.
Bainimarama says that they are encouraging General Practitioners to set up shop in rural communities where more people can easily access health care.
He says this is a new government incentive.
He adds that the expenses of people visiting a General Practitioner will also be covered by the Government.
The Prime Minister also says that in recognition of the hard work of health workers in the Ministry of Health, the Government has set aside a new allocation of $4.6 million to increase their allowances from $50 to $200 per month.
Bainimarama also says that they are engaging an international hospital operator for a Public‑Private Partnership that will result in new medical services through the Ba and Lautoka Hospitals which will change the face of medical care in Fiji.
Meanwhile, the new nursing station in Vatukarasa will service three villages which include Vatukarasa, Nameka and Natuva along with two primary schools and the Coloi Settlement in Tailevu.
Bainimarama also highlighted that for years, people from these villages had to travel to Lomaivuna Nursing Station or the Vunidawa Hospital in Naitasiri for basic medical needs.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.