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Man injured during cyclone, pleads for medical help

Maciu Malo In The Yasawa Group
Monday, December 24, 2012

A YASAWA man is in desperate need of immediate health assistance after a sheet of roofing iron struck his face when Tropical Cyclone Evan ravaged Natawa Village on Waya Island last Monday.

Peni Bale said there was no health centre at the village and the nurse at Yalobi Village was not at the station during the cyclone.

"I was outside my home securing some loose sheets of roofing iron when the incident happened," he said.

"As I looked up a piece of roofing iron hit my face but luckily it missed my eyes.

"I was in so much pain and to make things worse there was no health centre at the village and when I tried to go to Yalobi Village I was told the nurse was not on duty at the station.

"So I have been using salt and hot water to treat the injury."

Mr Bale said he was worried that the gash above his left eye could become infected if he did not receive treatment soon.

Health officials from a government team currently touring the Yasawa Group administered first aid to Mr Bale but he said he still preferred to be treated at the Lautoka Hospital.

Mr Bale said he was lucky to have survived the cyclone when he ran to a nearby home to seek refuge as sheets of roofing iron were thrown around during the storm.


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