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Editorial: Support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Editorial: Support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
July 24
10:49 2017

“For the Storm won’t last too long, Walk On Walk Strong”

These were the sentiments shared by Sina Kami, mother of WOWS founder Tae Kami of Tonga.

The launch of the Paediatrics Oncology Policy and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month saw an emotional mum Mrs Kami speaking the dream of their daughter Tae Kami to set up an organisation that would care for children who suffer from cancer.

Parents, guardians, doctors and the Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar sat and listened to the speech of a woman who has kept the promise of a teenager who is now in God’s arms.

Mrs Kami said they had been working closely with the Ministry for Health for almost nine years and seeing the face of the children, was always an emotional moment.

“In 2008, we lost a child; she was only 15 years old who had dream. She left her wishes with us, her parents.”

In 2009, the WOWS were established standing for a song that her daughter wrote, ‘the storm won’t last too long, Walk ON Walk Strong,” she said.

And in partnership with the Fiji Cancer Society, the song is used to fundraise for children with cancer.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the term ‘childhood cancer’ is most commonly used to designate cancer that arises in children before the age of 18 years.

The overall incidence rates of childhood cancer vary between 50 and 200 per million children across the world.

Minster Akbar says it is estimated that 45 new cases of cancer in children under 15 years are diagnosed every year in Fiji but less than 50 percent are presenting to the health care system.

Ms Akbar believes that awareness campaigns on early recognition and presentation is of utmost importance.

She said in the last 5 years the survival of common childhood cancers in Fiji had more than doubled.

“This continues to improve with on-going training and continued support from a long term bilateral commitment with the New Zealand National Child Cancer Network along with the tremendous work carried out by the institutions like WOWS Kids and that of the hardworking doctors, nurses at our health facilities,” she said.

Ms Akbar was optimistic to say that many cancers were treatable, provided they were diagnosed early then followed by proper care and treatment.

“As such the Ministry of Health and Medical Services remains committed towards the reduction of cancer mortality, improving the survival rates of cancer cases and improving the quality of life of cancer victims,” she said.

The partnership between the Ministry and WOWS Kids Fiji, Fiji Cancer Society and the National Paediatric Oncology Committee has dedicated next month as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

This is a means to intensify awareness and increase their outreach to raise public awareness and disseminate information in supporting our little Fijian champs and the fight against Childhood Cancer in Fiji.

Walk On Walk Strong, Fiji, and support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.



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