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'Saviour' on an island

Luke Rawalai
Friday, February 15, 2013

ANYBODY visiting the village of Nalele on Cikobia will be surprised to see the way 28-year-old Ravinesh Singh has established himself with the locals on the island.

The outspoken Labasa native has kept true to his nursing vows which he truly believes in.

Ravinesh said staying on the island at first had been a strange experience, but his willingness to serve the community kept him going.

"My first day at Cikobia was a real lonesome experience. It was a far cry from my busy schedule at Labasa Hospital where I first worked," he said.

"When I first got to the island early this year, it was just me and the walls of my bedroom in the nurse's dormitory and the many questions on my mind on the reasons I was sent to the island.

"This was a period in my stay on the island which I referred to as the soul searching phase in my life as a nurse," he said.

Ravinesh said dealing with different patients and cases on Cikobia taught him life was more meaningful when consoling and sharing with the sick he treated at the hospital.

"I have a purpose and I know my calling in this profession when I carry out my daily duties in treating the sick and wounded who come to the nursing station every day," he said.

"I am learning great lessons in working with the minimum resources that I have out here on Cikobia especially when I run out of supplies. I have not let this hinder my service because I know that people on the island look up to me as the answer to their questions when it came to the treatment of ailments.

"Every day I pray to God to give me the strength to have these answers available and it is with the power of God and the support from the people of the island that I am able to carry out my duties to my utmost," he said.

Ravinesh said many young people often took themselves for granted and did not recognise their abilities.

"I am encouraging others in this profession to have pride in their calling and to carry out their duties to their utmost," said Ravinesh.

People who meet the outspoken young man will often ask the reason for his interest in the profession and the diligence with which he has dedicated his young life to the work of healing.

Ravinesh proudly says it is a passion which comes from within.

"The work of a nurse is similar to that of a saviour and we all know that only God is the great healer from whom all life comes," said Ravinesh.

"I am proud to be personally linked to the profession of saving lives and I am happy that through this profession I have become a blessing to others' lives out there," he said.





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