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Women Help Cancer Patients

Women in Business (WIB) Fiji donated $5000 under the Pinktober programme to help cancer patients at the Oncology Unit at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. Deputy chairperson of
22 Oct 2014 13:52
Women Help  Cancer Patients

Women in Business (WIB) Fiji donated $5000 under the Pinktober programme to help cancer patients at the Oncology Unit at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
Deputy chairperson of the hospital’s Board of Visitors, Marica Hallacy said the donation was timely.

“The Oncology Unit was set up in 2012 because of the growing number of cancer patients that require chemotherapy treatment,” Ms Hallacy said.

“This is apart from the facilities provided for cancer children in the Children’s Ward and Gynacology Unit at the Lancaster Ward.
“The kind gesture reflects their sensitivity to special medical needs particularly those experienced by women in Fiji.”
WIB president Nur Bano said the organisation was pleased to be part of the Pinktober programme.

“To me awareness should be kept in the highest of level about breast cancer as well as generally cancer in Fiji and in the world,” Ms Bano said.

“Cancer dominates among women in Fiji, whether its breast cancer or cervical cancer. Access to screening is a major problem but even bigger issue is persuading women that they need to seek treatment.

“Working women have a lot of responsibilities apart from being a mother and a wife. When they are cancer stricken it has so much effect on a family that’s why we need to raise awareness so that everyone gets to know about tests and early detection, its effects and treatment,” she said.

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