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$24m Saved From Cardiac Surgeries

The Sydney-based Adventist Hospital through the voluntary work of their surgeons has provided about $24 million worth of cardiac operations at the Colonial War Memorial hospital in Suva. A press
10 Jun 2017 11:00
$24m Saved From Cardiac Surgeries

The Sydney-based Adventist Hospital through the voluntary work of their surgeons has provided about $24 million worth of cardiac operations at the Colonial War Memorial hospital in Suva.

A press release from partner Vodafone Fiji said: “If we put a rough estimate of $30,000 as the average cost of a cardiac surgery abroad, the 800 patients operated on by these good Samaritan volunteer doctors has saved the country around $24 million in medical evacuation cost.”

The team of doctors is currently working on another 50-60 patients to be operated on, this time around.

“The programme provides ongoing education and training for local medical, nursing and allied health staff to assist local doctors with the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease patients,” the press release said.

“In true value of these surgeries, it could run into further millions of dollars given the impact it has made on lives of these patients to lead a happy, healthy life and be productive members of society.”

The release said Vodafone Fiji has a proud record of philanthropic activities undertaken around the country in the areas of health, education; and women and child empowerment.

“We have always stood ready to support such humane and generous initiatives that have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of many in our community.

“For a number of years, Vodafone has been supporting the Open Heart International team from the Adventist Hospital in Sydney with their communication needs during their stay here in Fiji.”

 

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