Akbar: Less People Come For Cancer Checks
Less people are turning up at health facilities for medical checks, the Minister for health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, has said.
“We have been treating childhood cancers in Fiji for the last 30 years. During the early years we have been having poor outcomes mainly due to the late presentations to hospital, lack of good diagnostic and treatment facilities and lack of family support resulting in repeated treatments or default in treatment,” Ms Akbar said during the “Pacific Island Child Cancer Regional Conference” Walk on Walk Strong two-day conference on Wednesday at the Novotel Hotel in Nadi.
“In order to assist in improving survival rates the early and accurate diagnosis is very important followed by timely and effective treatment. We all need to work together to make this happen.”
In all cancers that are found in humans in the world, about one per cent is present in children, she said.
This equates to about 175,000 children of less than 15 years of age developing cancer annually.
“With the development of advance technology to diagnose and treat childhood cancers, 80-90% of the common ones like Leukemia [cancer of the blood], Lymphoma [cancer of the Lymph Nodes] and Wilm’s Tumor [cancer of the kidney] are cured,” she said.
Workshop organisers, New Zealand National Child Cancer Network, plans to review everything they have done so far.
New Zealand national clinical leader, Scott Macfarlane, said: “The National Child Cancer Network has been working for eight years now with its colleague in the Pacific to try and improve the availability of treatment for children with cancer in the Pacific.”
Edited by Naisa Koroi