Min­istry: iTaukei Tops Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Cases

It be­lieves there are more un­re­ported cases

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

There have been 689 cer­vi­cal can­cer cases in Fiji recorded from 2012 to June 2015, says the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices.

Out of that, 448 were iTaukei, 220 Indo-Fi­jians and 21 oth­ers, says Cer­vi­cal Care Pre­ven­tion project of­fi­cer, Karolina Ta­mani. Dur­ing the Fourth Fiji Mid­wifery So­ci­ety Sci­en­tific con­fer­ence at Labasa Mir­a­cle Cen­tre Ms Ta­mani said: “We be­lieve that there are more un­re­ported cases and we hope that women come for­ward to have their check up done.” In­ter­na­tional Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion se­nior mid­wife Taraivosa Nakolin­i­valu, who was among the 130 mid­wives at the con­fer­ence, raised her con­cerns about the fig­ures men­tioned. “I want to know some of the rea­sons as to why there are more

iTaukei women hav­ing cer­vi­cal can­cer than other groups,” Ms Nakolin­i­valu asked. “Is it be­cause other groups are not re­port­ing?” Ms Ta­mani said there were many con­tribut­ing fac­tors.

“It could be be­cause of the lack of aware­ness, trans­porta­tion is­sue, fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties or women are afraid to have check-up done or some women are not both­ered about it,” Ms Ta­mani replied.

“We are still col­lect­ing our data and we need the nurses’ help file in their re­port so that we know what is hap­pen­ing.” Fiji School of Nurs­ing grad­u­ate and a self-em­ployed mid­wife based in New Zealand, Nora Bukateci, said the role they played was crit­i­cal. “Not only do we ed­u­cate women to have reg­u­lar check-ups but we tell them why it is so im­por­tant,” Ms Bukateci said. The two-day con­fer­ence, was themed ‘Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals - Fi­jian Mid­wives Ris­ing to Meet the Chal­lenges.

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