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Seek right treatment

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, August 31, 2014

TRADITIONAL iTaukei treatment for cervix complications can be dangerous for women says Nabouwalu Hospital's charge nurse George Dyer.

Speaking to members of the Fiji Catholic Women's League during an awareness program, Mr Dyer advised women not to entertain such treatments.

He said the treatment known as matasili was often done to women who had difficulties conceiving.

Mr Dyer told women that the processes employed during the treatment were unhygienic and unsafe.

He said herbal doctors normally pried on the cervix with the use of fingers and lubricants such as soap, coconut oil, and other natural based lubricants.

Mr Dyer told the women that such treatment methods could also damage their reproductive organs.

He said the only way to address the issue was to approach their nearest health centres for a Pap smear.

He said processes and equipment used during Pap smears were hygienic and safe.

He added that through Pap smears nurses and doctors could also view the cervix properly and make an analysis on actions that need to be taken to address complications.

Mr Dyer told the women to value their organs and to seek the correct treatment by specialists who were qualified to do examinations and carry out tests.

Fiji Catholic Women's League member Marisela Ubitau said she would return to Bua and share with other women what she learnt from the awareness.

Mrs Ubitau said many local women took treatments from herbal doctors religiously without knowing of the effects of such processes in their organs.

Mrs Ubitau added that she was happy to be part of the league meeting.

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