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Free Screening Offered for Children With Congenital Heart Disease

Chairman and Founding Trustee, Sai Prema Foundation Fiji Mahendra Tappoo said their primary focus, had been healthcare for the poor and needy, with a particular focus on children suffering from congenital heart disease.
25 Apr 2019 10:59
Free Screening Offered for Children With Congenital Heart Disease
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at the inauguration of the children’s heart screening centre within the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji on April 24, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday officiated at the inauguration of the children’s heart screening centre within the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji.

The centre will offer free screening of cardiac related issues in children. The foundation is the brainchild of the Tappoo family in Fiji.

Mr Bainimarama said the Sai Prema had been an invaluable partner of the Fijian Government in realising the constitutional right of every Fijian to healthcare.

Chairman and Founding Trustee, Sai Prema Foundation Fiji Mahendra Tappoo said their primary focus, had been healthcare for the poor and needy, with a particular focus on children suffering from congenital heart disease.

“Why healthcare, and why congenital heart disease you might ask,” Mr Tappoo said.

“It’s because of the special expertise, constant guidance, invaluable advice, motivation, support and encouragement that we have and continue to receive from our sister organisations in India led by Sri Madhusudan, Sreenivas, Isaac Tigret, and Narsimha Murthy, who are all present here today.

“They are our mentors and they are guided and live by the principles of our founder Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

“We have been carrying out heart screenings of children in the rural villages. We have been bringing in a team of surgeons and support medical professionals led by Dr Ashish Katewa from our sister hospital in India – the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals India – to operate on our children free of charge for the past three years.”

“We opened a Medical Centre last year. And now we have set up a children’s heart screening centre within our Medical Centre, which will be officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister today (yesterday).

“We have the full support of the Prime Minister and his Government which has granted us land for that very purpose.

“We are working on a memorandum of agreement with the Government through the Minister for Health.

“This is work in progress. Whatever project we have done as a foundation has been in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the Government.

“As an NGO, we see our role as supporting the Government in its efforts towards providing quality healthcare to the people of Fiji totally free of charge,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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