Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Permanent Secretary, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, has responded to claims from some flood victims that Government assistance was not enough.
“If we give them more than what they need, it’s like propagating free handouts,” Dr Koroivueta said.
Dr Koroivueta made the remarks while distributing assistance to cyclone victims at Tavua District School yesterday.
This was in response to people at the school, who raised complaints that the assistance from Government was not enough.
Dr Koroivueta with his team will distribute baby diapers, packets of Weet Bix and SMA milk to 175 infants in all 16 evacuation centres within Tavua.
“They have to understand that we have other children to look after like areas that were affected in Nadi, Lautoka and Ba.
“We are just doing this to supplement them for the next few days and not for one or two years,” he said.
Dr Koroivueta said the infants’ hygiene during this crisis was their main concern and they wanted to assist them in making sure their children had access to good sanitation.
Amelia Tulo, 48, thanked the Government through the ministry for assistance towards her six-month-old grandaughter, Analaisa Tulo.