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Sai Prema Organises Free Check-Up For Home

At the moment we are only depending on visiting teams to perform those surgeries and it is so expensive to send patients abroad for treatment so we want to open a centre that they can cater to the Pacific.
03 Feb 2019 10:00
Sai Prema Organises Free Check-Up For Home
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (second row, far right) and Mary Bainimarama (front, second from left) joined children from the Dilkusha Home during their free medical screening at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre on February 2, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The children and staff of Dilkusha Home received free medical check- ups by the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre, at their clinic in Nasese, Suva.

The special clinic was organised by the Sai Prema Foundation which runs the medical centre in association with the Ministry of Health.

The children and staff were also treated to a surprise visit by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Mrs Mary Bainimarama. The centre’s Director and Foundation medical coordinator, Dr Krupali Tappoo said the special clinic was a success.

“We try and organise these special clinics every couple of months as the need arises,” she said.

They also organise medical check-ups for Valelevu Hart Home, children of St Christopher’s Home and students from the Hilton Special School in Suva.

She added plans are also underway to open a cardiac screening centre within their premises in April.

“We also have a team of doctors from India, America, Australia and Oman who will be here for two weeks in April to perform children’s congenital heart disease surgeries,” Dr Tappoo said.

Dr Tappoo also mentioned that they are planning to set up a children’s heart hospital next to the current medical centre.

“We do not have a facility like that in Fiji, and we do not have doctors who are trained to perform those surgeries.

“So the plan is to send local doctors to Sanjeevani Hospital in India so they can work in Fiji upon their return.

“At the moment we are only depending on visiting teams to perform those surgeries and it is so expensive to send patients abroad for treatment so we want to open a centre that can cater for the Pacific.”

She added they have finalised the plans and are trying to procure funding for the project. “It is a very big project, worth millions of dollars because it will be a speciality hospital so if there are any agencies who are interested, we are very happy to get funding through these bodies and turn this into a reality,” she said.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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