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Indian Specialists Provide Surgery at CWM, Lautoka

Indian Specialists Provide Surgery  at CWM, Lautoka
Doctors from India who will be performing specialised operations here. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services
May 17
19:24 2017

More than 20 specialist doctors from India are here to conduct surgical operations at the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) and Lautoka hospitals.

Sahyadri Speciality Pacific Hospital Ltd director Manu Munibhargav said Government had signed an agreement with SSPHL.

The agreement entails specialised medical services such as neurosurgeries, spine and advanced orthopaedic (joint replacement surgeries), cardiac surgeries (CABG), valve, angioplasty etc.).

It came into effect in 2012.

This time he said they would be performing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) surgeries for two weeks at CWM Hospital, Suva and joint replacement surgeries at Lautoka Hospital for a week.

“We propose to perform spine fixation surgery on 24 May in CWM Hospital, incidentally a patient has developed rectovaginal fistula and specialist doctors from India will perform both the surgeries in CWM Hospital, Suva,” Mr Munibhargav said.

He said that these surgeries are not presently performed locally in Fiji.

They also proposed to perform valve replacement surgery with tissue valve on patients who are referred from Australia and New Zealand.

“We are looking to perform both the surgeries with help of our specialist doctors from India and assistance and support by the local doctors, nurses and paramedical staff.”

The cost of an operation according to Mr Munibhargav is $25,000.

The cost, he said, was different for the foreigners who came to Fiji for treatment.

The cost he said could be a barrier in Fiji, but what the Government had done was made the cost discounted price structure which was affordable for the patients.

“The Government cannot pay 100 per cent for the patient treatment; the patient needs to give their contribution.”

Additionally, the doctors will also develop the skills of the local doctors and nurses.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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