The Disaster Advisory Committee, DAC, is allocated a $6m tala budget to fund the fight to control the measles epidemic.
The Minister of Finance announced the funding allocation under the unauthorized provisions of the national budget.
Finance Minister Sili Epa noted that the provision for unauthorized expenditures was allocated less than $10m tala in the budget.
“But there are other development projects that are requesting funding under this budget item, including the Eradication of the rhinoceros beetles that has caused a lot of damage to coconuts,” the Minister said.
Since the national state of emergency, the overriding priority is to the measles epidemic and the budget allocation for that went straight to the Advisory Committee, DAC.
“ The money will cover costs for things like beds, upgrading health centres, refrigerators and the purchase of other necessities that includes oxygen tanks.
“There is a chance we could add to the emergency budget depending on the outcome of the mass vaccination campaign at the end of the state of emergency period.”
The Minister acknowledge the assistance, mainly from donor partners like Australia and New Zealand have offered to help with the health campaign to control the measles epidemic.