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Society visits 3844 patients

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SO far this year, officials from the Western branch of the Fiji Cancer Society have travelled 4193 kilometres and conducted 2425 breast examinations.

In total, they have seen 3844 patients, including those living in rural areas of the West.

These were the figures confirmed by society member Milika Wata-Marshall, who added 1780 Pap smear were conducted in total.

"We have visited 114 locations so far and this is done in conjunction with the European Union-funded Sai Clinic on the Wellness for Women program," she said.

"Our branch assistance is in the use of our caravan and funding the driver and fuel costs, which comes from the public donations that the branch receives.

"It has enabled us to do this early prevention program and in educating people on cancer and related diseases.

"Perhaps in all this, it is to be noted that there is assistance by the branch to those that are living with breast cancer and assistance is also given to families of patients by way of equipment required to make someone's life a little more comfortable.

"This is through ensuring medication is taken and if needed, medical assistance is given through our contacts.

"Watching someone we love succumb to breast cancer is a terrible experience to go through.

"We can help to guide the family through it, provide counselling through other agencies to make the burden less than what it would."

Ms Wata-Marshall also said the branch also worked closely with the Oncology Unit of the Women's Ward at Lautoka Hospital.

"We work together with Sister Tima who is a great asset in ensuring our work is carried through with the Ministry of Health (MOH).

"Together with the zone nurses, we have engaged with the Ministry of Health in taking palliative care to the homes, visits to the homes by the MOH nurses ensure the patient does not have to come to the hospital and endure pain while travelling.

"Care is brought to the home."





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