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Media Release

Fijian women put smiles on faces of patients in PNG

Port Moresby, PNG, December 5- Christmas came early for the patients at Papua New Guinea's lone mental facility- Laloki Psychiatric Hospital - as the women of the Fijian community donated them beddings and toiletries.

High Commissioner Romanu Tikotikoca said the hospital had a special place in the hearts of those Fijians living in Port Moresby.

High Commissioner Tikotikoca who was there to present the donation said that their relation started last year when the Fiji Police Dance band went there and entertained the patients.

Since then, there have been further interactions with visits by singer Laisa Vulakoro and her band in October last year.

The women also joined them during the World Mental Health day this year.

HC Tikotikoca said that Christmas was a season to give and the Fijian mothers though far from their homeland were there to put a smile on the faces of the patients.
as well as the women once again visiting the hospital during the World Mental Health Day this year.

He said the donations were possible after the sacrifices made by the Fijians led by his wife Madam Elizabeth Tikotikoca.

Their donation included beds, mattresses, pillows, bed sheets and toiletries.

HC Tikotikoca said the visit to Laloki reinforced the existing relationship between the Fijian community and the hospital as well as with the two governments of Fiji and PNG.

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