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Rama Krishna Mission Launches Cardiac Stress Test Facility

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Philip Davis while opening the Sarada Medical Centre, on Wednesday acknowledged Rama Krishna Mission’s contribution to health services in Fiji. The privately-run
21 Jul 2017 11:00
Rama Krishna Mission Launches Cardiac Stress Test Facility
Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Philip Davis at the Sarada Medical Centre, Ashram Road, in Nadi on July 19, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Philip Davis while opening the Sarada Medical Centre, on Wednesday acknowledged Rama Krishna Mission’s contribution to health services in Fiji.

The privately-run Centre is Rama Krishna Mission Fiji’s first Cardiac Stress Test Facility located at Ashram Road, in Nadi

“Organisations such as the Rama Krishna Mission play a vital role in working alongside Government to improve people’s access to vital health services,” Mr Davis said.

“We recognise that Government plays a lead role in paying for health care, we also need to welcome others who can help deliver health care, and this medical centre is a perfect example of the public and private sectors working together for the benefit of the local population,” he said.

He added that there was a need to move on from a view that Government was the only organisation that could deliver health care and recognise that other organisations were as capable, indeed sometimes more capable, of providing what people needed.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Philip Davis (with garland) at the Sarada Medical Centre, Ashram Road, in Nadi on July 19, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Philip Davis (with garland) at the Sarada Medical Centre, Ashram Road, in Nadi on July 19, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

“I must be clear that I am not arguing for privatisation of our health system. It is widely acknowledged that the best and fairest health systems are those where Government is the major funder.

“This is to ensure that we make the best possible use of the resources that are allocated to us and we work cooperatively with others who share a healthier and happier Fiji.”

The total investment of the project is $80,000 which includes equipment, manpower and drugs.

The EST machine worth AU$30,000 (F$48,336.28) was donated by the Ranchhod Foundation based in New Zealand.

“This initiative is a response to the high incidence and risk of cardiac diseases among Fijians,” Rama Krishna President Swami Tadananda said.

He thanked those that have continued to support this charitable initiative to serve people and save lives.

“Our approach is to proactively screen heart diseases for early detection and adopt treatment or measures to prevent or minimise further escalation to levels requiring major interventions. This is a first of its kind for Western, Viti Levu,” Mr Krishna said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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