Women market vendors urged to access health services in Fiji
October 15, 2019 4:45 pm
Women market vendors have a very busy lifestyle, which hinders their access to proper health care.
This is why the British High Commission in collaboration with the Medical Services Pacific is now taking the services to them at various municipal markets.
British High Commissioner Melanie Hopkins urged women to take advantage of the health services that will be made available.
“The busy lifestyles for market vendors does not give much opportunity to think about rights. Especially rights to reproductive health care and family planning”.
Hopkins says women and girls play an important role in the overall development of the country.
“Empowering women and girls and creating conditions with the economic success of women is good for Fiji’s economy and it’s good for sustainable development”.
Meanwhile, President of the Nausori Market Vendors Association Venina Vakarusere welcomed the initiative by Medical Services Pacific.
“We are really thankful for the opportunity that has been brought forward. We can now say that our safety and well-being is in good hands with the introduction of these new health and empowerment programs”.
Over 300 women market vendors in the Nausori market will be engaged to various medical and women empowerment programs organized by the two the British High Commission and MSP.