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No Cancer Victim Should Suffer Alone: Akbar

  Recently, women cancer survivors have spoken out about their years of suffering alone at home. This is because they hid their conditions from those around them. But this should
04 Oct 2017 11:00
No Cancer Victim Should Suffer Alone: Akbar
From left: Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Philip Davies, Tanoa Hotel Group Area General manager - Fiji Narendra Kumar, Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar, Fiji Cancer Society president Philip Low and cancer survivor Irene Hanadullah, during the Fiji Cancer Society’s Pinktober launch at the Tanoa Plaza in Suva on October 3, 2017. Photo: Minstry of Health and Medical Services

 

Recently, women cancer survivors have spoken out about their years of suffering alone at home.

This is because they hid their conditions from those around them. But this should not be the case, says the Minister for Health and Medical Services.

Rosy Akbar said instead everyone in the community must work together to combat the killer disease, cancer. In saying this, Ms Akbar stood firm in support of women who were affected by breast cancer.

On Monday, Ms Akbar launched the Fiji Cancer Society, Pinktober breast cancer and awareness programme at the Tanoa Plaza in Suva.

“The staff in all our hospitals, health centres and nursing stations are there to discuss symptoms, arrange diagnosis and organise any treatment that might be required. Nobody needs to suffer alone,” she said.

She was, however, impressed by the level of support from across the community and the efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer and its impacts. She also acknowledged and thanked all the non-government organisations, faith-based groups, charitable bodies, private businesses and community groups.

These groups have participated with great commitment in fundraising activities and awareness programmes in recognition of this worthy cause.

“Pinktober is a time for us all to reflect on past achievements, to recognize current efforts that are under way, and to acknowledge the many challenges that still lie ahead.”

Ms Akbar therefore said it was a time to pause and reflect on the many we have lost to breast cancer, to praise those dedicated health professionals who work to reduce its impacts.

“To thank those who devote their energies to fundraising and campaigning and to celebrate those who have fought and won the battle against the disease.”

“Their stories need to be told in every home, women need to take heed and draw strength from our cancer survivors’ stories.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  arishma.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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