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Sacrifice Nothing New To Dr Turagava

Dr Turagava said while he missed his family and hoped to be at home for Father’s Day, his children understood the sacrifices he had to make for Fiji.
05 Sep 2021 15:32
Sacrifice Nothing New To Dr Turagava
Ministry of Health and Medical Services Chief Surgeon and FEMAT Clinical Lead in Kadavu, Dr Josese Turagava.

Making sacrifices has been a feature of Dr Josese Turagava’s life as a medical professional.

This weekend, when children celebrate Father’s Day with their fathers, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Chief Surgeon and FEMAT Clinical Lead in Kadavu, Dr Turagava, will be hard at work with his colleagues in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus in Kadavu.

Dr Turagava is leading a team of health professionals, who have been deployed to Kadavu, to help in the clinical COVID-response on the island.

“We can always pull back and give excuses, but when Fijians; when your people need you and your expertise, you will have to respond to the call of duty,” Dr Turagava said.

“With all my heart I believe that God has called me for such a time as this.”

Dr Turagava said while he missed his family and hoped to be at home for Father’s Day, his children understood the sacrifices he had to make for Fiji.

“I’m taking one day at a time, but I totally did not know it was already Father’s Day weekend,” he said.

“You miss your family, but I am sure there is a bigger calling, I hope God will be gracious enough next year for me to be with the family. Making sacrifices has been part of my life being in the medical profession.”

He is married to Mele Turagava, and they have four children.

Originally from Namalata Village in the district of Tavuki in Kadavu, he said being deployed to his home turf was a call he could not turn down.

“At the end of the day we want to save Fiji,” he said.

“There have been negative comments on social media pointing fingers on what we are trying to deal with here but we take it as it comes.

“I mean you cannot please everybody every time.

“We just have to do our work knowing that God sees our heart.”

He said his push factor daily was the amazing support he got from his family.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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