We can definitely ask

AN article we carry on page five today should be of immense interest to all of us.

Many of us will focus on the kindheartedness of the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel and the organisations which allowed them to come over and help ease the suffering of young patients.

By applying their knowledge and skill to help young Fijians, they would have given immense relief to the parents and close relatives and friends of the children who have been treated and are now recovering.

And so we should be grateful for the generosity of these medical professionals adding our thanks to that of parents, families and friends.

Vinaka vakalevu to you all and may you be abundantly blessed.

In the article, a local pediatrician is quoted as explaining the cause of a one-year-old boy’s problems. It does not say whether, and we definitely mean no disrespect to the doctor and his colleagues, he was passing on what the experts from New Zealand had diagnosed or was it all “local” knowledge?

Whatever the answer is, certain questions need to be asked.

If the answer is that the knowledge was not local, then we definitely have to ask why it wasn’t?

Was it because the disease was so rare that only a few specialists in the world could have treated it?

Or was it because while our medical professionals have the knowledge, they do not have the equipment to carry out such procedures?

And we can add a few more questions but for the time being, one fact remains, outside expertise was essential to the improvement of some young Fijian lives.

There remains one question which Fijians can ask, and they should definitely do so.

What can we ordinary Fijians do to help those parents, and other Fijians, who have to wait for help from overseas medical experts?

As ordinary Fijians, this means we are somehow part of a family, either nuclear or extended. Through this connection, we can impress on our younger people the importance of an education, quality education.

We can also keep talking with each other about the importance of looking after our greatest resource, our people, which means being careful about what we eat and drink and also ensure we do some exercise.

While this may not have been a factor in our report on page five, it is in other matters related to our health and wellbeing.

There is another avenue we can pursue as individuals as members of groups and that is by letting those in positions of leadership, at every level, know of what we want to be done for not only our health system and facilities but also for the aspects of our lives which we think should be improved.

So you see, there is definitely something we can do. We just have to ask.

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