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Fiji's Health Ministry to buy sewing centre products
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Feb '12
Fiji's Ministry of Health (MoH) would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation to procure bed linens, pillow cases and other items from the Ministry of Social Welfare's sewing centre.

The sewing centre, which is likely to become operational this month, will train single mothers and other women, who are dependent on social welfare programme, to acquire stitching and other skills so they can be employed at the local garment units.

Dr. Jiko Luveni, Minister for Social Welfare, said the MoU would benefit both the Ministries.

The women would sharpen their skills during their six month training programme at the centre, which would enable them to become self-dependent and break their dependency on welfare programme, she added.

On the other hand, the MoH would be able to acquire some essentials like pillow cases and bed linens for hospitals in Fiji from the sewing centre, Dr. Luveni said.

The Minister said that her Ministry had already tied up with two garment companies, which would extend assistance in setting up the sewing centre.

She revealed that her Ministry has requested the Government of India to provide a sewing expert to train participants in the training programme at the sewing centre.

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