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Family Support Needed, Rosy Akbar Urges

  Family support is what those battling cancer need the most, says the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar. Ms Akbar highlighted this after officiating as chief guest
15 Oct 2018 10:00
Family Support Needed, Rosy Akbar Urges
Participants at the launch of the Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness at the University of Fiji Campus in Saweni, Lautoka on October 12, 2018. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

 

Family support is what those battling cancer need the most, says the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar.

Ms Akbar highlighted this after officiating as chief guest at the launch of the Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness at the University of Fiji Campus in Saweni, Lautoka last Friday.

She said family support was what the ministry was trying to advocate on.

“The impacts of breast cancer are devastating the anguish and pain is not only felt by patients, but also their families and children who are drastically traumatised emotionally. Imagine children losing their mothers at a very young age,” she said.

“Family support is very important. Sometimes we hear very scary stories when our women reach the health centres on the last day. It makes us question, it makes us wonder where was the family support.

“We need to care for our mothers and sisters, we need to care for those who are suffering.”

She also confirmed that there were a total of 80 confirmed cases of breast cancer for this year.

“The Oncology Unit at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital has confirmed that they have attended to 123 confirmed breast cancer cases last year with 80 confirmed cases this year,” she said.

Ms Akbar also confirmed that there were discussions in the pipeline for setting up a radiotherapy unit in the country.

She added that with this, Fiji needed to build its expertise where medical professionals would be required to run the therapy center.

She also advised all women to go for screenings during the month of October.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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