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Study award timely

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, March 22, 2014

WITH dengue cases having hit thousands of Fijians in the past two months, a lab technician is hoping her scholarship to further her knowledge in laboratory testing of viral infections and communicable diseases will allow her to help Fiji battle the dengue strain better.

Talica Vakacolata is a recipient of a two-year fully-funded Australian Government scholarship to study in Melbourne, after which she hopes to return to Fiji and help the country engage in more efficient ways of testing blood, with more accurate results.

"My scholarship is for a Masters of Laboratory Medicine and deals with the analysis of blood by means of any kind of sample," Ms Vakacolata said in an interview.

"Lab medicine is a very challenging program because it deals with any bio terrorism activities, which are attacks which could bring problems to the Government of Fiji".

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