Malta’s oncology department creates ‘relaxation and study’ area for young patients

Sir Anthony Mamo’s oncology hospital has created a recreational area for teens receiving cancer treatment, a place where they can hangout and work on their studies.

The initiative was spearheaded by Puttinu Cares, with €15,000 invested within the area, together with the help of multiple sponsors.

Angele Cuschieri, Puttinu Cares Vice President, shares that since last July, the Rainbow Ward began hosting patients up to 21 years of age, which naturally triggered the need for a room that offers these teens a place to relax in a positive environment.

It would break our hearts to see these young people going into adult wards, not having a place where they felt they belonged,” Ms Cuschieri shares with TVM.

The room boasts guitars, computers, various board games, a new television, movies, books and more, to keep these teens motivated and occupied in their time there. When they’re not studying, they can relax and hang out in an area designed specifically for them.

Prime Minister Robert Abela applauded all these who dedicate their time working within the sector and for the amazing work that came with the making of this room.

Health Minister Chris Fearne shared that as long as a patient was receiving treatment, they should continue living with dignity, something which is essential for patients within the ward. Morale is an important factor for healing. He also said that by the end of the year, the government was aiming for all medicines for cancer disease to be administered free to patients.

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