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Need for Pediatric staff to undergo counseling: Dr Thaggard

August 27, 2018 12:43 am

Diagnosing a child with cancer and treating them throughout the process is not an easy task for any nurse or doctor.

CWM’s Pediatric Oncology Registrar, Dr Miriama Thaggard, says there’s a need for these health workers to undergo counseling as they spend most of their time with children diagnosed with cancer.

Dr. Thaggard says the treatment process for many children is sometimes an emotional roller coaster.

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She adds many nurses and doctors have always remained positive throughout the treatment.

“It’s not very easy for us as health care workers to look after these children. When they go through pain, we go through the same thing. I know we’re not the prime care givers, we’re not their parents but we’re still we feel for them and they stay with us for long periods of time so we are very much affected also by the diagnosis and the care of the parents.”

The Health Ministry’s Chief Nurse, Margaret Leong, says their doctors and nurses have also offered support and counseling to parents and most of them have become family at the pediatric hospital ward.

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