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Cancer Patients And Families Urge All Fijians: Get Jab, Help Protect Us

“It’s simple, the doctors are trained to help us and by closely adhering to their advice I have seen the benefits of it on my health,”
01 Jul 2021 18:10
Cancer Patients And Families Urge All Fijians: Get Jab, Help Protect Us
Adwina Ali.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2017, Adwina Ali knows well the importance of obeying medical advice.

It is in this same spirit that the 42-year-old is urging Fijians to adhere to medical professional’s advisories on COVID-19 to be able to combat the virus.

“While I battled cancer, I was told of the dos and don’ts by the doctors and that is what I had followed through obediently that has helped me recover from cancer in the past few years,” Ms Ali said.

“It’s simple, the doctors are trained to help us and by closely adhering to their advice I have seen the benefits of it on my health,” she said.

“That’s exactly what we Fijians need to do, adhere to the MOH advisories because they know what’s best for us.”

 

Cancer Journey

Ms Adwina was diagnosed in 2017 with cervical cancer and after treatments and surgery, she has been cleared of cancer.

However, she continues to be on medication to help with her full recovery.

“There were many tests carried out on me. When I was diagnosed, I was told that I was at the end stage, it was very late.

“I went to India to have my radiation done as there was none done here at the time, and I am thankful to the Ministry of Health and the Government for their support in getting this done.

“I had my surgery done, and I have been cleared, however I have to take medication for five years just to avoid any risk of any cancer cells popping up from any other places.”

 

Vaccination

Ms Adwina said: “I urge the public to be vaccinated. I have been vaccinated and I continue to urge others to get the jab. We need to do this to protect those that are vulnerable to the virus because of underlying health issues that they might have.

“What we need from the public and our families is their support and one way we can support one another is to get vaccinated to reduce the risk of being critical with COVID-19.”

Sonam Chand has had to stay home to look after his father, a colorectal cancer patient amid this pandemic in Sawani, Nausori.

Ms Chand and her family members have urged Fijians to be vaccinated so that those that are sick like her father are able to have some sense of protection amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“All my family members are being vaccinated and we do see this as our civic duty to help everyone,” she said.

“I urge people to get information only from reliable sources, create awareness among the society, stay at home, wear masks when out of the house, do not have visitors at home, wash and sanitise hands and practise social distancing.

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