USP’s Lautoka staff with the Assistant Minister for Health during the Pinktober awareness in Lautoka.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus once again stepped forward to raise extensive awareness towards fighting Breast Cancer.
In collaboration with the Western Society Group for Cancer, USP’s Lautoka campus launched the Pinktober awareness programme on 5 October, 2017.
Acting Lautoka Campus Director, Ms Siniva Laupepa revealed that USP Lautoka has been playing an important role in creating breast cancer awareness by organising the Pinktober tea for the last two years.
She stated that all funds raised from their Pinktober programme goes to Fiji Cancer Society to strengthen them financially for the support cancer patients in the country.
Chief Guest at the Pinktober launch, Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alexander O’Connor whilst thanking USP, reiterated that the best way forward in our national fight against cancer is for all sectors in Fiji to come together to build awareness, raise funds, and collaborate.
Hon O’Connor stated that to accomplish this, a public-private approach to tackling the disease is essential for which our local businesses have stepped up to in a big way.
“It’s been truly inspiring to see Fiji’s corporations and institutions championing the cause. The World Health Organisation recognises cancer as a major public health crisis – and it is among the leading causes of death both globally and in Fiji.
“Breast cancer’s reach is particularly widespread; as the most common cancer among women worldwide, it sees 1.7 million new cases diagnosed annually.
Each year, 250 of those cases afflict our friends and family here in Fiji.”
The Assistant Minister pointed out that some Fijians have the misconception that cancer particularly breast cancer is a disease that predominantly affects the western world.
Mr O’Connor stated that the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is committed to providing the best, most affordable options for detection and treatment of all cancers, including a devoted and specialised focus on breast cancer. He, however emphasised that people should regularly examine themselves or visit the nearest health facility for detection and early cure.
Fiji Cancer Society Board Member Margaret Rounds noted that the cancer patients and survivors are not alone in the battle against this killer disease.
Mrs. Rounds revealed that as a non-governmental organisation the Fiji Cancer Society is assisting cancer patients in a lot of ways.
Companies like Lautoka Printery, Ram Lal Construction, Renal Signs, All Cooling Solution, Electron Electronics, Chandu’s Restaurant and Flour Mills of Fiji supported USP’s Lautoka campus for the Pinktober awareness launch along with Grace Smith and Janice Hanfakaga.
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