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Outrigger Hosts Returning Medical Experts

Group of eye specialists from overseas here to restore sight for residents of Nadroga/Navosa province A group of 19 personnel including four eye specialists are spending a week at the
04 Nov 2016 11:00
Outrigger Hosts Returning Medical Experts
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar with Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort general manager Peter Hopgood with the visiting group of eye specialist at the Sigatoka Hospital yesterday. Photo: ANSHOO MALA

Group of eye specialists from overseas here to restore sight for residents of Nadroga/Navosa province

A group of 19 personnel including four eye specialists are spending a week at the Sigatoka District Hospital doing consultations and perform eye operations.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort once again supports Benevolent Mission International (BMI) to restore sight for citizens of the Nadroga/Navosa province.

Resort general manager Peter Hopgood said the work undertaken by the Benevolent Mission eye specialists was amazing.

“They are amazing people that take one week out of their annual two week holidays to come to Fiji. They pay for their own airfares and they are truly dedicated to the people of Fiji,” he said.

“We have been doing this now for the past four years. Each time they come to Fiji they undertake over 800 consultations but more importantly they restore eye sight to over 80 to 100 patients every year.”

Mr Hopgood said the resort’s staff members were truly blessed to be given the chance to host these wonderful people when they come and visit Fiji.

“They are the most gifted people who have taken time out from their busy schedules back in the United States to come and help the people of Fiji,” Mr Hopgood said.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort provided complimentary accommodation and meals to support the visiting group.

Ten members in the group are returnees.

Group leader Julie Broman, a nurse by profession, said the BMI Fiji eye team was extremely grateful to assist Fijians.

She said: “We are examining patients for eye diseases, providing surgery, medications and glasses.

“We have examined about 120 patients each day and completed about nine surgeries (cataract operations), and those who have minor grown in their eye.

“The eye specialists have donated their time and have paid their own airfares to undertake this worthy work.”

She thanked their host for providing the accommodation and meals.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, also made her first official visit to the Sigatoka Hospital and talked about new plans to enhance and upgrade the services at the facility.

Ms Akbar also thanked the visiting team for assisting Fijians with their medical needs.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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