‘Most patients undergoing palliative care’

Dr Parneet Harish speaks at the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser at the Motibhai Group Headquarters in Nasoso Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Most of the breast cancer patients being cared for by the Oncology Unit at the Lautoka Hospital are undergoing palliative care.

This was revealed by the hospital’s senior surgical registrar Dr Parneet Harish who emphasised the support provided by private organisations was vital to delivering the best quality care for the terminally ill.

“This year we have cases of 15 breast cancer,” he said.

“These are ladies who are undergoing chemotherapy in our hospital.

“There are other ladies who are quite in the advanced stage and they are in palliative care which means that we do not have anything to offer for them.

“The main thing is we are reaching out to them.”

He said caring for patients that were faced with the illness, visitations and consistent care offered some relief which was supported by the Fiji Cancer Society.

Fiji Cancer Society West representative Pritika Mala said in 2021, the organisation assisted with the clearance of surgical backlogs at the CWM and Lautoka hospitals funding a total of eight surgical procedures that cost $4640.

“We funded 1338 taxi trips to ensure patients go to treatment or follow-up appointments, provided 82 ambulance transfers, assisted six patients with boat fees, provided the cost of four carrier transfers and funded 52 bus transfers,” she said.

“This year we’re hoping to raise $60,000 and purchase 12 medical oxygen concentrators for the society and three pulse oximeters, one for each of the divisional palliative team.”

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