Bringing Spectacles to the People

Fulaga, Lau Group, Fiji

By: Kerry, Photos by Damian and Kerry

Sikele and Sera preparing yet another feast in their outdoor kitchen

Sikele and Sera preparing yet another feast in their outdoor kitchen

Sera Tuks is Fulaga’s district nurse and only medically qualified resident. As such, she’s solely responsible for the 100-odd souls in Muanaicake, as well as about the same number in Muanaira and Naividamu, the other two villages on the island, plus the population of Ogea, the next-door island. Some 400 people in all.

When the nearest medical aid is a crackling phone line to Suva hospital, or a four-day ship passage (assuming your medical emergency coincides with the monthly visit of the trader), it’s an enormous responsibility, and one she handles with diplomacy, humour and professionalism. (Helicopter evacuation, at huge cost, is a last resort).

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