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Free Check-ups On Way to North

Good news for the people of Vanua Levu. Free medical services are on its way for people in Labasa, Savusavu and Dreketi.  This programme has been made possible by the
15 Aug 2015 09:10
Free  Check-ups On Way to North
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (middle), meeting the elderly at Golden Age Home in Natabua, Lautoka. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

Good news for the people of Vanua Levu.

Free medical services are on its way for people in Labasa, Savusavu and Dreketi.  This programme has been made possible by the Sathya Sai International Organisations of Australia and Fiji, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

The team involves 12 doctors from Australia and Fiji who together will provide free medical check-ups and consultations, including persons living with disabilities.

Earlier this week, team leader Lawrence Kissun met the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar. Mr Kissun said the Sai organisation was motivated by her commitment to reach out and help the disadvantaged communities.

He is urging the public in the Northern Division to come out and make maximum use of the free medical services.

“The team is not here to promote any particular religion. But to reach out and assist the disadvantaged persons by providing them with free medical services, which they otherwise might not be able to access due to transportation challenges,” he said.

Where necessary, Mr Kissun said free medication would also be provided.

“We have liaised with Ministry of Health and private pharmacies, in terms of supplying medicines which are available in Fiji. All our doctors are registered with Ministry of Health and most of them are from Australia. There are doctors for women’s health, eye department, dental services, with couple of pharmacists and physiotherapists,” he said.

“The registrations will start from 8.30am to 2pm. People are also reminded to bring in their medical documentations and any medicines that they may be taking. Those who go for eye check-ups, if need be they will be given the eye glasses (spectacles) and all our services are free. We plan to come back and provide similar services in the Vanua Levu, particularly by in those hard to reach locations.”

Ms Akbar has commended the Sathya Sai International Organisations for organising the free medicare camps in the North.

“Such an effort complements the Ministry’s REACH programme that aims to expand Government’s services in rural and remote communities. The ministry is grateful to Sai Organisations for initiating this programme that will go a long way in creating positive change in the lives of individuals and families in the North.

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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