Dentist Follows Father’s Footsteps

The 31-year-old dentist is assisting in taking care of patients who are currently admitted at the field hospital.
17 May 2021 12:40
Dentist Follows Father’s Footsteps
Dr Adniel Chand inside the FEMAT field hospital in Lautoka. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Seeing the sacrifice his father made for his fellow Fijians as a military officer, a young dentist decided to make a smilar sacrifice during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Adniel Chand from Semo, Nadroga is a familiar face at the Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT) field hospital in Lautoka.

The 31-year-old dentist is assisting in taking care of patients who are currently admitted at the field hospital.

Dr Chand, like all other frontline workers around the country, sacrificed his time to be at work and provided help at the field hospital.

After seeing his father sacrifice his time in joining fellow men and women of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) on peacekeeping duties, Dr Chand knew what he needed to achieve in life.

He began as a dental therapist in 2011 and worked his way up to becoming a dentist four years later.

“My dad, former sergeant, Abhay Chand was in the RFMF and he would go on tours to Lebanon, Sinai and East Timor and because we saw the sacrifices he made for his work, my family picked up the essence to serve for the country,” Dr Chand said.

“My dad’s elder sister was a dental therapist and my aunt is a dentist, so these people inspired me to become what I am today.”

Dr Chand said he was also grateful to his wife, Dr Shikha Shivanjali, a medical officer at the Punjas Medical Centre in Lautoka, for also sacrificing her time to say yes to the call of duty.

“We are actually very lucky to have been provided the opportunity to help people and with the support from the Government ministries, we try to do our best for the people at the field hospital,” he said.

He said at the FEMAT Field Hospital they catering for the dental needs of patients where they are doing extractions and managing facial swellings.

The field hospital was set up quickly when Lautoka Hospital had to go into a COVID-19 lockdown.

Dr Chand is pleading to the general public to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols, wash your hands regularly, wear a mask at all times and keep your families safe.

At FEMAT, he is assisted by dental hygienist, Vilikesa Saturu.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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