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14 children pass away due to cancer this year as they were brought in too late for treatment

14 children pass away due to cancer this year as they were brought in too late for treatment

By Pratika Mala
Wednesday 12/08/2020
WOWS Kids Fiji Administrative and Finance Officer Marica Raicebe-Sovaki

14 children have passed away due to cancer this year alone as they were brought in too late for medical treatment while there are currently 70 children suffering from various types of cancer in Fiji.

WOWS Kids Fiji Administrative and Finance Officer Marica Raicebe-Sovaki adds seven children were diagnosed with cancer in the Western and Central Division last month.

She is urging parents to request doctors to get their child tested for cancer if they show symptoms which include continuous unexplained weight loss, headaches which are accompanied by early morning vomiting, increased swelling or persistent pain in bones, lump or mass especially in the neck and abdomen areas, constant infections and whitish eye color.

Raicebe-Sovaki says one of the difficulties they face is providing transportation to children to and from hospitals as WOWS Kids does not have a vehicle of it’s own.

She is requesting those who can volunteer transport to come forward and help. You can contact WOWS Kids on 4503489 to provide this much needed urgent assistance.

WOWS Kids Fiji needs $200,000 a year to provide their services and today launched a virtual walk challenge where individuals or a group of maximum five people can register and walk for 50km in 14 days which will be tracked through an App downloaded on their phones.

Individuals will need to find sponsors and raise $100 while groups will need to find sponsors and raise $500.

Android users will need to download “The walking and Running Pedometer For Health” app while Apple users will have to download the “Steps” app.

Their other services include medication, providing facilities and equipment for treatment, assisting with overseas treatment, providing accommodation for families from rural areas and diagnostic tests.

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