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BUDGET 2018: Mothers Whose Income is Under $30k To Receive $1000 Grant for Newborns

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BUDGET 2018: Mothers Whose Income is Under $30k To Receive $1000 Grant for Newborns

Every Fijian mother whose household income is below $30,000 will be given $1000 grant in any participating bank for each newborn child registered with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office.

$500 will be available immediately and $500 can be accessed when the child starts Year 1 or Class 1.

This is intended to assist families by easing the financial burden of parenthood and meeting the needs of their newborn.

This will be catered under the $335million budget for Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the 2018-2019 National Budget.

The Health Budget also allocates $3.5million to subsidise the cost on kidney dialysis to ease the cost of treatments on patients and their families.

Treatments will be offered at $150 for patients with household incomes of over $30,000 while those who fall below the income threshold will be offered a subsidised rate of $75.

$2million has been set aside to fund the operation of new Kidney Treatment Centres in Suva and Nadi to address the growing incidence of kidney disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in Fiji. This will improve accessibility of haemodialysis treatment in kidney patients.

Meanwhile, $47.6million has been allocated to recruit more doctors.

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