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Get checked: Heart specialist urges

Close to 100 people took advantage of the three-day free screening for cardiac testing at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. 76-year-old Raj Kumar Puran, from Nausori, lined up
05 Feb 2017 11:21
Get checked: Heart specialist urges
From left: Visiting cardiac surgeon from India Dr Anuj Shrivastav (left), CWM Chief Cardiac Sonographer Sera Rayasidamu and patient, Ramesh Prasad, 60, during the free cardiac screening at CWM Hospital. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Close to 100 people took advantage of the three-day free screening for cardiac testing at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

76-year-old Raj Kumar Puran, from Nausori, lined up on Friday for a free screening of her heart.

The mother of three accompanied her husband to the CWM Hospital on Firday for his monthly medical check-up.

“My husband had to come for his check-up and he saw that there was a free heart screening so he got me a number and told me to get checked while waiting for him,” she said.

She used to suffer from rheumatic fever during her childhood years but did not expect to have heart diseases as the years went by.

Mrs Puran had her first bypass surgery in New Zealand in 2004 while her 75-year-old husband had his bypass surgery in 1995 in Australia.

It was her first time to get screened at the CWM hospital.

Cardiac specialist from Pune in India Dr Anuj Shrivastav urged the general public to take advantages of opportunities like this.

“As a cardiologist, most people here have hypertension and coronary artery disease and they have to be diagnosed,” he said.

Dr Shrivastav works with a team organised by the Shyadri Speciality Pacific Hospital Limited Fiji which organises doctors from Deoyani Multi Speciality Hospital in Pune, India in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

He said that people were still in a very raw state and were not thoroughly screened.

“Not many people have taken into consideration that there is a line put up for an angiogram test and so on,” he said.

“Screening will help in a big way that we are able to get the data so that when the next team comes, we can get them through for the next angiogram,” he said.

Dr Shrivastav said there would be another team coming soon.   

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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