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First Specialised Heart Care Centre Soon

First Specialised Heart Care Centre Soon
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Sumeet Tappoo while opening the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre in Nasese on April 27, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
April 28
13:18 2018

Children in need of heart care in Fiji and the South Pacific will have their very own specialised hospital in Suva.

Chairman and Founding Trustee of Sai Prema Foundation, Mahendra Tappoo officially announced this at the opening of the newly built Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani medical health centre in Nasese, Suva.

Mr Tappoo said in association with the Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in India, this would be the region’s first specialised heart care facility.

“Immediate planning and development of a children’s heart hospital next to the Medical Center will offer heart surgeries for the children of Fiji and the South Pacific free of cost.”

Mr Tappoo said the long-term project of setting up the specialised hospital was the biggest project yet of the Foundation’s multiple initiatives to serve underprivileged communities.

He added this would not be possible without the support of the Fijian Government, which donated the Nasese prime land on which the health centre was built.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who had seen the children successfully complete the operation said this was the greatest reward anyone could ask for.

Mr Bainimarama acknowledged the Foundation for their initiative towards the young Fijians.

“Sai Prema Foundation is not only limited to this new medical centre, your charitable work throughout the country has already touched the lives of thousands of people,” he said.

Sai Prema Foundation Director Sumeet Tappoo said in the past 18 months the foundation took the task of giving a new gift of life to 40 children through free heart surgeries and collectively saving the families of the young children $4 million.

Mr Sumeet said a team of surgeons also performed surgery on 27 children last week between the ages of two months and 14 years. The medical centre will be managed by the Foundation’s medical director Dr Krupali Tappoo, while the medical staff, including the doctors, will be provided by the Ministry for Health.

Veniana Tinaidelanikau, mother of a 10-month-old baby thanked God and the Foundation’s medical team for the life of her only daughter.

Ms Tinaidelanikau said she had been advised by the medical team at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital about the heart problem and she was saddened by the news.

She said parents must take advantage of the new medical centre and not lose hope.

  Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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