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Specialist Team To Do Surgery On 40 Children

The SaiPrema Foundation (Fiji) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is facilitating a medical team from India to perform cardiac surgeries on 40 children here. The
29 Jul 2016 08:00
Specialist Team To Do Surgery On 40 Children
From left: Dr Maryanne Koraai, pediatric registrar at CWM Hospital, Dr Jemesa Tudrava, medical superintendent CWM Hospital, Dr Ilisapeci Vereti, head of department of pediatrics CWM Hospital, Pediatric Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Ashish Katewa and Dr Krupali Tappoo. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

The SaiPrema Foundation (Fiji) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is facilitating a medical team from India to perform cardiac surgeries on 40 children here.

The surgery team come from the Sri Satya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital (SSSSH) in Raipur.

They are a team of 10 doctors, nurses and cardiac specialists, who will be at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital from August 8 to 18 to provide surgeries to children with congenital heart disease absolutely free.

This initiative of the Sai Prema Foundation (Fiji) is to help the poor and the needy children of Fiji in addition to performing free medical camps in rural and remote villages.

The paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon from Sanjeevani hospital, Dr Ashish Katewa, during an earlier scouting visit to Fiji met with the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar and local health staff.

They discussed the idea of bringing a medical team to help the children of Fiji.

Such surgeries cost $55,000 per patient, but will be provided free and many of the diagnosed children would die if not operated on as they had been on the waiting list for quite some time.

The local co-ordinator for the SaiPrema Foundation (Fiji) Dr Krupali Tappoo (a general practitioner at Mitchells Clinic in Suva) had been working closely with Dr Ashish Katewa and the head of paediatrics at the CWM Hospital Dr Ilisapeci Vereti.

They are ensuring that all preparations are completed before surgeries start in August.

All expenses for the families of patients, such as travelling costs, meals etc, will be met by the Children’s Heart Foundation headed by Dr Rosemary Mitchell

The Sanjeevani Hospital will provide all the consumables for the surgeries worth thousands of dollars as most of the specialised equipment are not available in Fiji. In addition it will cover all travel expenses for the visiting team.

In addition to the free surgeries, Dr Katewa has confirmed that they will also train local doctors and nurses.

“We will train local counterparts in India and bear all costs with a hope that Fiji can establish its own paediatric Cardiac surgical unit in future”, Dr Katewa said.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate expressed his gratitude to the Sanjeevani Hospital for providing such services to the people of Fiji.

“I thank you for availing such services which will benefit the children of Fiji with this type of medical condition and will give them a new lease of life” Mr Usamate said.

The Team also hopes to visit annually to perform these services until Fiji opened its own paediatric cardiac surgery unit.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

 

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