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RFMF Nurse Blessed To Join Frontline Team

The 36-year-old first joined the RFMF as an engineer and worked in his position for five years.
16 May 2021 11:19
RFMF Nurse Blessed To Join Frontline Team
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Staff Sergeant Nurse, Anitalu Natoga on the MV Veivueti medical ship at the Lautoka Wharf. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Staff Sergeant Nurse, Anitalu Natoga, only spent three days with his family before he was called in to assist the medical team onboard MV Veivueti.

He had just returned from his deployment in Australia with the RFMF Exercise Coral Warrior team.

“After spending two weeks in quarantine, I left to see my family. I was with them for only three days when I got the call to come and assist on the medical ship,” he said.

“It is really challenging, having children at home when they were still enjoying their time with me and then I had to say goodbye again to come and work.

“But despite that, I am so blessed to be joining the team onboard and all the frontline workers.”

His medical journey No individual can endure the pain of seeing their mother being sick. This was the situation for Mr Natoga .

The 36-year-old first joined the RFMF as an engineer and worked in his position for five years.

It was not until he could not bear the sight of seeing his sickly mother which prompted him to change his profession.

The former Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) student switched to the medical field and today, he does not regret doing that.

“I wanted to know the different types of sickness my mother had, she was the one that pushed me,” he said.

The Rukua, Beqa, native is one of the two nurses who are assisting with delivery of babies and taking care of mothers on the Government medical ship, MV Veivueti at the Lautoka Wharf.

He was among the team of doctors and nurses who helped in the safe delivery of the first child born on the medical ship on Monday.

Although he will miss out time with his three children and his wife, ‘blessed’ was the word he used to describe the hour he was instructed to leave his family to step forward and lend a helping hand on the medical ship.

His wife, Fane Natoga is also a nurse based at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM) in Suva.

Mr Natoga has so far helped deliver three babies on the medical ship.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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