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Foundation Set Up To Help The Children Of Fiji

Foundation Set Up To Help The Children Of Fiji
Sai Prema Foundation director Sumeet Tappoo at CWM Hospital on April 13, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 16
11:00 2018

The Sai Prema Founda­tion was formed to serve under-privileged people of Fiji, said its director Sumeet Tappoo.

Highlighting its aim in medi­care, The Gift of Life, Mr Tap­poo said: “This project is about providing free heart surgery to the children of Fiji.

“Local health authorities es­timate that about 200 children are born every year in Fiji with congenital heart disease.

“It becomes very sad when lots of children lose their lives when they do not receive the right treatment.

“The sheer unaffordabil­ity makes it impossible for the families to give the right treat­ment.’’

He said there were not enough facilities in Fiji to ensure that children get the right treat­ment for heart diseases.

The only option for parents is to wait for visiting teams of doctors who visit Fiji for free treatment.

Those parents with money can afford to take their chil­dren for overseas treatment, he said.

Mr Tappoo said it cost $100,000 for a child to get treated for con­genital heart diseases abroad.

He said he wanted many chil­dren as possible in Fiji to be screened to find out if they have congenital heart disease.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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