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First cancer hospital for Fiji, Pacific

By WATI TALEBULA The Ministry of Health (MOH), in conjunction with the Fiji Cancer Society, will establish a cancer hospital, the first of its kind in the Pacific. The Minister
07 Mar 2014 14:32

By WATI TALEBULA

The Ministry of Health (MOH), in conjunction with the Fiji Cancer Society, will establish a cancer hospital, the first of its kind in the Pacific.
The Minister for Health, Doctor Neil Sharma, said cancer was an area of concern for our Government, the ministry and country.
“As such we have taken the lead role by taking cancer and surrounding issues to another level. This is through the establishment of a cancer hospital,” he said.
“Having a cancer hospital will centralise all the relevant treatment and management protocols and provide a serene environment for patients and families.”
The idea of the cancer hospital came about as the cost of overseas referrals is expensive.
“The cancer hospital will cater for radiotherapy needs, which will reduce the number of overseas referrals and ensure cost savings for the Government,” Dr Sharma said.
The ministry is working with other organisations to provide better health facilities for Fijians.
“The MOH is working with the International Women’s Association and is at its final stage of setting up a wellness centre for women at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital,” he said.
“We are also working in partnership with UNFPA and other agencies towards setting up a wellness centre in Lautoka apart from sexual and reproductive training for rural nurses.”
The ministry did not clarify exact details about the timframe for the establishment of the wellness centre.




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