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Editorial: Fijian Families Should Mirror Hard Work Of Dr Lesu And Parents

Young doctors like Doctor Filipe Lesu is an inspiration to all young Fijians who may be struggling financially today. His hardworking parents – mother Suliana Kalitogo and father Katia Cama
17 Jan 2019 10:00
Editorial: Fijian Families Should Mirror Hard Work Of Dr Lesu And Parents
Doctor Filipe Lesu with his father Katia Cama

Young doctors like Doctor Filipe Lesu is an inspiration to all young Fijians who may be struggling financially today.

His hardworking parents – mother Suliana Kalitogo and father Katia Cama – are a living example that their hard work, good upbringing and don’t-give-up attitude will steer their children in the right direction.

Mrs Kalitogo sold parcels of roti at the Lautoka Bus Station while her husband is still a baker at Max Val-U Supermarket in Namaka, Nadi. They worked hard, put in the hours and effort needed to see their son excel.

It is through their selfless dedication that they pushed their son into the field of medicine.

Becoming a doctor is never easy. Going through medical college for six years, treating patients, dealing with difficult patients and telling family members that their loved ones are no more is never an easy task. But, Dr Lesu did not take the easy way out.

Their parents didn’t, so how could he.

He studied at three schools to get through his education – Swami Vivekananda College, Tilak High School and Sila Central College.

He studied to be a doctor, did his internship and will now be posted to a remote area – Nasau Health Centre in Rakiraki – treating patients and doing what he believes is God’s calling.

This is the attitude all parents need to adopt. Parents don’t just raise their children, they set examples for them every single day.

Children learn the value of hard work from their parents.

The love, tolerance, civic duty they see their parents practice daily is what they embody as young adults.

We need more parents to start taking a long hard look at themselves, at their focus and if necessary, refocus their energy and time on their children.

Growing up in a household of eight would not have been easy for Dr Lesu. Raising six children would not have been easy for his parents, but they did it.

We commend this family for facing their difficulties and giving this country a doctor who has his sights set on helping his fellow Fijians.

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