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Ministry to manage three care homes in 2016

November 14, 2015 9:21 pm

Three major age care homes in Fiji will be managed by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation come 2016.

Dr Koroivueta says the Ministry received a dedicated budgetary allocation for the management of the age care homes in Fiji.

He says this is a new service delivery for the Ministry which has been transferred from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

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The Ministry as of next year will be looking after the Samabula Senior Citizens Home, Golden Age Home in Lautoka and Babasiga Ashram in Labasa.

The Ministry is taking over this role so that we can modernize the age care services in Fiji and standardize it to international best practices.

Dr Koroivueta explained “This change in management was essential because majority of those living in these age care homes are our clientele. The Ministry is also the lead agency in looking after the welfare of senior citizens in Fiji. So it’s only right that the institution that cares for them is being managed by our Ministry. There would be restructure of the standards to ensure, right care giving service and governance of these homes is provided. At the forefront we want to provide quality care to ensure that the older persons in these homes age with respect and dignity.”

The Ministry has also been allocated $901,500 in 2016 for the operations of the 3 senior citizens.

An allocation of $200,000 has also been provided to the National Council of Older Persons (NCOP) that is responsible for promoting an inclusive and supportive society for the senior citizens in Fiji.

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