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Rokoika, 74, Wakes Up Early To Catch Boat To Get Free Medical Services

Seventy-four-year-old, Maciu Rokoika woke up early last Monday morning to get on a boat in order to get free medical services. Mr Rokoika, together with his wife, and son were
22 Aug 2016 10:27
Rokoika, 74, Wakes Up Early To Catch Boat To Get Free Medical Services
More than 400 people turned up to the free clinic yesterday. Photo L: JOSAIA RALAGO

Seventy-four-year-old, Maciu Rokoika woke up early last Monday morning to get on a boat in order to get free medical services.

Mr Rokoika, together with his wife, and son were part of about 400 people who came to take advantage of the services offered by Sai Medical Unit of Australia. The team were at Nadogo Central College outside Labasa.

He said he had marked the date on his calendar when he was made aware of the non-profit organisation teams’ arrival.

Mr Rokoika said the main reason for his trip was to get his eyes checked because he could not read like he used to.

“Au gadreva na veivuke baleta na mataqu e sa malumalumu, kau sega ni qai wilika vinaka noqu iVolatabu (Translation: “I need help as my eyes are not strong enough to catch what is written in my bible.”),” Mr Rokoika said.

It’s a scenario like this that was pretty common during the free clinics offered by the organisation.

While Mr Rokoika came to get an expert’s opinion on his eye, others came for a whole range of medical services and advice.

Sai Medical has been consistently coming to Fiji, this year being its 10th year.

One of the medical officers that led the team, Dr Kathir Nadanachandran said they appreciated the turnout by the people and hoped to see more.



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