The Fiji Times

‘Get medically checked’

- By LITIA CAVA

THE husband of a female police constable who recently succumbed to breast cancer has urged women police officers to get medically checked before it is too late.

Navitalai Visawaqa resigned from the Fiji Police Force five years ago to go and work in Australia in an effort to fulfil plans he had set with his late wife, Moala Visawaqa.

Last year, the couple was able to pay off their housing loans when life also took a twist.

Mr Visawaqa received the devastatin­g news from his wife that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mr Visawaqa said he immediatel­y left Australia and returned to Fiji when his wife informed him about her condition. He was able to spend some time with her after her surgery and looked after her until her demise.

He said the past months had been a tough time for his family, especially his children.

He said they were still finding it hard to accept the fact that his wife had “gone to be with the Lord”.

He said the unfortunat­e thing was that they had achieved what they had set out as a couple, but cancer took away the love of his life.

Last week, Mr Visawaqa was part of the Pinktober morning tea organised by the Fiji Police Force at its headquarte­rs in Suva.

Speaking at the morning tea, Mr Visawaqa shared a bit about his late wife’s cancer journey.

“When she noticed a lump on her breast, we thought that it was a boil and did not worry about it too much,” he said.

“If we had sought medical attention earlier, things could have been different.

“But it’s too late and I acknowledg­e the force for inviting me today to share our story and I urge all women officers to get checked before it’s too late.”

If we had sought medical attention earlier, things could have been different. – Navitalai Visawaqa

 ?? Picture: SUPPLIED ?? Navitalai Visawaqa (right) receives a gift from Police Commission­er Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho during the Fiji Police Force’s Pinktober morning tea last week.
Picture: SUPPLIED Navitalai Visawaqa (right) receives a gift from Police Commission­er Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho during the Fiji Police Force’s Pinktober morning tea last week.
 ?? Picture: SUPPLIED ?? Navitalai Visawaqa (left) pins a pink ribbon on Deputy Commission­er of Police Rusiate Tudravu during the Fiji Police Force’s Pinktober morning tea last week.
Picture: SUPPLIED Navitalai Visawaqa (left) pins a pink ribbon on Deputy Commission­er of Police Rusiate Tudravu during the Fiji Police Force’s Pinktober morning tea last week.

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