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Burn Victim Aims To Use Her Training To Serve Community

“When I was 15-year-old, I faced a major incident which cost me my appearance. I have gone through a lot just because of these scars,” Ms Prasad said.
22 Sep 2022 13:00
Burn Victim Aims To Use Her Training To Serve Community
Fiji Cancer Society community palliative care programme graduate Raveena Prasad on September 15, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Raveena Prasad has turned the pain from a past tragedy into a motivation to help her community. Ms Prasad is now a community health worker at the Bhana Bhai Health Centre, Makoi.

She was among the 66 graduates of the community palliative care programme training, which lasted two weeks and ended with the graduation last Thursday.

Palliative care, as defined by the World Health Organisation, is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness.

At the age of 15 she sustained 35 per cent of burns.

 

“When I was 15-year-old, I faced a major incident which cost me my appearance. I have gone through a lot just because of these scars,” Ms Prasad said.

“For quite some time, I went through a hard period in my life, I faced a lot of obstacles.”

This sad experience eventually gave way to her developing a sense of encouragement to register as a community health worker.

Four years ago, she registered with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services for her community health service recognition.

 

“I figured out there was a lack of help offered to treat such cases; the service in the community in terms of advice and dressing of wounds was not as good, That motivated me,” she said.

“When I needed help to the burns I had succumbed to, minimum community health service was provided, so I became the ‘helper’; I registered with the ministry four years ago.”

After graduating from the programme, she intends to deliver what she has learned in her community when needed.

 

“This palliative care programme will really allow me and my colleague to identify and know what to do when we come across cancer patients in our community.

“It will allow us to dress wounds, help the patient with the right way to take care of themselves and all that.”

The mother of one child now urges all other women in the country to get involved in community health service to help the most vulnerable in our communities.

 

Story By: jone.salusalu@fijisun.com.fj



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