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Childhood cancer survival rates increases

August 24, 2018 7:22 pm

The twinning program between the Ministry of Health and Christchurch’s Oncology hospital in New Zealand has helped increase Fiji’s childhood cancer survival rates.

The ministry’s Acting Chief Nurse, Margaret Leong says through the twinning program specialists from New Zealand were able to work and give proper advice to local parents and their children.

She says the ministry has been working with their counterparts for almost ten years now.

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“The difference is because of the quality of health care that they are receiving and also different treatments that are available in the different countries and that’s why we have a twinning program between Fiji and New Zealand.”

Meanwhile, CWM Paediatric Oncology Unit Dr Miri Thaggard says the twinning program provides expertise in the field of child cancer.

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