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Health Care Critical To Nation, Says A-G

Health care and the provision of medical services is a very critical element of living your life, says Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He also said that health
20 Aug 2016 14:56
Health Care Critical To Nation, Says A-G
From left: Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiuym, Sai Prema Foundation Fiji chairman Mahendra Tappoo and Head Surgeon of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeev Hospital in India Dr Ashish Katewa last night. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Health care and the provision of medical services is a very critical element of living your life, says Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He also said that health care was a very emotional as well as very personal issue.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made these remarks during the launch of the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji at the Novotel Convention Centre in Lami last night.

“Health is very important and when your loved ones are not well, your loved ones can die as a result of a lack of health care. It causes great stress, it’s emotionally demanding, psychologically demanding and if health care is not affordable, it is financially very demanding too,” he said.

“Health care is very pivotal to one’s own well-being. It is, of course, very pivotal to the health and the well-being of a country too.

“If you have a lot of sick people in your country, the level of productivity won’t be good. If you have a lot of sick people in your country, you won’t be able to realise your potential for them as an individual and for them as a country.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in Fiji, for many decades, health care was neglected and there was a lack of investment in human capital.

“We want to be in a position that we don’t want to always have a handout. We want to move away and be able to stand on our own two feet.

“Not just to build capacity, but to also be able to ensure that we have longevity in terms of the resources that we have in our country,” he said.

The Foundation is made up of like-minded people who mainly have been involved in volunteerism.

Foundation chairman Mahendra Tappoo outlined and acknowledged the work that the foundation had been doing through various projects that have benefitted various communities in the past.

“It has been an enormous blessing for Fiji to be able to have the assistance of one of India’s best cardiac surgical teams,” he said.

The cardiac team from India’s Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital led by Dr Asish Katewa operated on 25 children with congenital heart problems.

Mr Tappoo said all of the surgeries were conducted free of charge.

The Foundation also launched the Health on Wheels project, which is their initiative in taking health care to those who are unable to access medical services  because of their socioeconomic situations.

Mr Tappoo said they were committed to helping take our communities forward in making a difference.

He also outlined their continued co-operation with Government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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