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Medic Mum’s Sacrifice

For Leba Baleikanacea, 34, a registered nurse at Labasa Hospital, she had to have her bags packed and ready to leave for Lautoka in just three hours.
16 May 2021 11:34
Medic Mum’s Sacrifice
Leba Baleikanacea (back right) with colleagues from Labasa who were called to work at the FEMAT Field Hospital in Lautoka.

The phone rang around midnight on Saturday May 8, and the instructions from head office were clear.

For Leba Baleikanacea, 34, a registered nurse at Labasa Hospital, she had to have her bags packed and ready to leave for Lautoka in just three hours.

It was Mother’s Day when she left Vanua Levu and landed in Viti Levu.

She had not informed her five children that she was going to be away from them.

“It was school holiday and the children were with my mother in our village in Seaqaqa,” she said.

“They called me at 6am to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day and that’s when I was able to tell them what had happened and I would be away from them.”

This was one of the few times Ms Baleikanacea’s children could call her from Naveidamu Village because it was one of the few times in the day when they could get good phone reception.

She said their words and prayers motivated her to do her medical duty.

The Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT) Field Hospital has been set up after Lautoka Hospital was closed off because of the need to contain COVID-19 transmissions.

The FEMAT Hospital provides most of the same services you would normally find at any regular hospital.

“Work is challenging. It is a field hospital. My colleagues and I have accepted the challenge and are doing our best to ensure that we provide the best medical services we can,” Ms Baleikanacea said.

She said she was doing her part to help the nation fight this pandemic, which has crippled health systems even in developed nations.

Her simple request is for people to stay home.

“The general public can help by doing their part. If Fiji is to be kept safe, if our children are to be kept safe, we all have to work together,” she said.

“Help us. Stay home, follow social distancing and keep washing your hands.”

She thinks of her children and has them in her prayers. They are doing the same for her.

For Ms Baleikanacea, the longer this virus continues to transmit, the longer she would be away from her children.

That is the sacrifice she is willing to make in this war against COVID-19, the unseen enemy.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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