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Mum lives on a prayer

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

For Temalesi Irena, apart from praying for her infant son to get better, her other prayer is to be able to stay near him in hospital.

"We have been told to go sleep at home and come again in the morning," Ms Irena said.

"This is so hard for me to do because my baby is sick, and I need to be close to him."

Her son is Marika Namua, a one month-old boy who has undergone two surgeries.

"There are six chairs outside the ICU which I and the other mothers sleep on. We have asked the nurses to give us at least the beds and rooms that are not in use but they have refused us.

"There is a family room on the next floor of the hospital but that is closed at 9pm every day so it's impossible for us to go sleep in there."

According to the Ministry of Health, the family room has been closed from 9pm since last year.

"This room is situated in an area that is unmanned by staff after hours and it has been noted that parents abuse use of the room," Evlyn Mani, MOH media liaison officer said.

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