Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 4:21 AM on Saturday 30 August

/ Front page / News

Early detection vital

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WOMEN are being encouraged to get regular Pap smears in order to help in the early detection of cervical cancer and other abnormalities.

This is the message that Fijian NGO Medical Services Pacific (MSP) is trying to instill in all women across Fiji, particularly those who have very limited access to health centres and hospitals.

And to assist these women who have accessibility problems, MSP has initiated a mobile clinical outreach team which is providing free Pap smears to women.

"So far this year, nine women have received abnormal Pap smear results, with three women referred to hospital by MSP's Clinical Mobile Outreach Team for results indicative of cervical cancer," stated a statement issued by the organisation.

"Many of the women we see have only ever had Pap smears during pregnancy," said MSP's executive director Jennifer Poole.

Ms Poole said it was crucial that women engaged in preventative screening to help diagnose cancers and other health issues.

"Unfortunately, access to healthcare services in rural and remote areas is often difficult," Ms Poole said.

MSP mobile clinics will soon pay visits to Davuilevu Housing, Waila, Waikalou Village in Naitasiri and Sigatoka.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Commander confirms captured soldiers 'safe'
  2. UN: 43 Fijian peacekeepers seized in Syria
  3. Workers reap $200k in rewards for hard work
  4. Reverend Anil sails into history
  5. Prison visit stirs emotion for pageant contestant
  6. UN head calls for immediate release of soldiers
  7. Key factors
  8. CORRECTION
  9. Driven by El Nino
  10. Go forth, share and save

Top Stories this Week

  1. Numbers list stays Monday (25 Aug)
  2. Shocking discovery Tuesday (26 Aug)
  3. Van Gaal unhappy Wednesday (27 Aug)
  4. Woman of faith Monday (25 Aug)
  5. Unacceptable Tuesday (26 Aug)
  6. Police act Wednesday (27 Aug)
  7. Man wants death probe Monday (25 Aug)
  8. Commander confirms captured soldiers 'safe' Friday (29 Aug)
  9. Show of support Thursday (28 Aug)
  10. Unhappy Fijians Tuesday (26 Aug)