61 active cancer cases at Lautoka Hospital

Corporate representatives make donation during the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser at the Motibhai Group Headquarters in Nasoso Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Lautoka Hospital has a total of 61 active cancer cases in its Oncology Unit.

While speaking at the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea at the Motibhai Group headquarters in Nadi, Lautoka Hospital senior surgical registrar Dr Parneet Harish said these cases were reported between January and March this year.

“For the first three months of this year we had 61 positive cancer cases and that’s for our surgical department only,” he said.

“So that’s like telling two people within three days that they have cancer.”

He said having available care was vital to ensure cancer patients received health and medical care.

“As you know Fiji is still a developing nation and most of the first world treatments are not available in our country.

“But as our ministry is doing, we are doing our best to provide the best support for the people.”

He added that the work of the Fiji Cancer Society provided much needed support for cancer patients in the country.

“I have been working closely with them and at the CWM Hospital during COVID times they played a very vital role in caring for our patients who were dealing with their illness and they could not afford to come to the hospital or they did not have supplies of medications or dressings.

“These are all things that are very essential to these people. They are already fighting a losing battle and for them to put up with things like taxi fares, transfer fares, medication costs.

“It really puts a big burden on them and their families.”

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