11 Jul 2008

NZ upholds travel ban despite Fiji plea for help in medical case

2:26 pm on 11 July 2008

Fiji's interim administration is worried about the New Zealand government's refusal to grant visas to the daughters of a military officer who need to visit their seriously ill brother.

Keveli Namatalevu's son, Osea, who is studying in New Zealand, urgently needs a bone marrow transplant but his two sisters cannot enter New Zealand.

According to Fiji Live, the regime's spokesman Major Neumi Leweni says medical authorities want the girls to be in New Zealand immediately because the treatment is urgent.

He says there will be a cocktail party to help fundraise for costs.

But he says it will be of no use if New Zealand maintains its stand.

Osea is understood to have been awarded a scholarship to study in New Zealand before he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a cancerous growth of cells in the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system defends the body from foreign invasion by disease causing agents such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi.