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Over 500 Patients and 1000 Procedures

  Over 500 patients and 1000 procedures have been carried out on people in the Mamanuca group. This was as a result of the 5th annual Fiji Dental Medical Foundation
10 Feb 2017 11:00
Over 500 Patients and 1000 Procedures
Medical officers from the United States working on patients at Solevu Village on Malolo Island. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

Over 500 patients and 1000 procedures have been carried out on people in the Mamanuca group.

This was as a result of the 5th annual Fiji Dental Medical Foundation four-day clinic, which ended yesterday at Solevu Village on Malolo Island, in the Mamanuca group.

The foundation was founded by Dr Greg Herd of California five years ago, and was established mainly for the people of the Mamanucas.

Dr Herd said: “The team have examined over 500 patients with over 1000 procedures on the people of Mamanuca. This foundation is only for the Mamanuca people.

“The funds for the medical supplies are raised by the American people in America for the Fijian people. All the doctors paid their own way to come to Fiji.

“We work with the Ministry of Health in the Wellness Programme. We do screen Hemoglobin test, diabetes, skin diseases and high blood pressures.”

Dr Herd initiated the idea some 25 years ago since he would visit Fiji once or twice in a year.

His favourite spot is at Namotu Island Resort where he goes for vacation. He ended up bringing his medical kit and treats local patients.

He was assisted by Namotu Island Resort Owners Scott and Mandy O’Connor.

“There is a need for dental care for Fijians on decay, infection and education. So I we got hold of medical personnel and visit Fiji on an annual basis. It has been successful and we’d love to continue the tradition,” he said.

He said the Fiji Dental Medical Foundation would be impossible without the support of the board of Directors members Dr Greg Moegling and Mark Brown.

The clinic started on Monday with   a 28 member team. They depart for the United States tomorrow.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 



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