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Free Screening at Medical Camp Picks up Four Cases of Heart Disease in Children

Health on Wheels’ co-ordinator Namrata Tappoo said the camp last weekend was their most successful where medical specialties were of­fered to the people of Namara and surrounding areas
20 Feb 2019 10:00
Free Screening at Medical Camp Picks up Four Cases of Heart Disease in Children
Children of Namara and surrounding villages undergo routine screening for heart disease.

The Sai Prema Foundation conducted its “Health on Wheels” Medical Camp at the Namara District School last Saturday.

As part of the Foundation’s Pro­ject HEARTBEAT, a total of 75 chil­dren were screened for Heart Dis­ease at the village by Dr Maryanne Kora’ai – a Pediatric Doctor from the Colonial War Memorial Hospi­tal (CWM Hospital).

Medical co-ordinator of the Sai Prema Foundation Dr Krupali Tappoo confirmed that the three children identified with rheumatic heart disease would require four weekly benzathine penicillin injec­tions at their nearest nursing sta­tion and they would be followed up at the CWM Hospital.

Dr Krupali confirmed that the child with the congenital heart defect would be screened and, if needed, operated on by the visiting international team of surgeons, doctors and med­ical professionals representing the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospi­tals, India, in April.

The Sai Prema Foundation’s ‘Gift of Life’ programme offers heart surgeries for children here, free.

The Sai Prema Foundation’s ‘Health On Wheels’ is a medical outreach programme, in associa­tion with the Ministry of Health, to the rural villages of Fiji.

A group of 60 to 100 doctors, health profes­sionals and volunteers make their way to a nominated rural location once a month and all villagers are given medical consultations and medications completely free.

‘Health on Wheels’ coordinator Namrata Tappoo said the camp last weekend was their most successful where medical specialties were of­fered to the people of Namara and surrounding areas.

These services included general medical consultations, dental consultations and procedures, di­etetics, eye and ophthalmology con­sultations, physiotherapy, men’s health consultations, prostate can­cer screening, women’s health con­sultations and pap smears, disabili­ties screening, cancer counselling and awareness, and a blood collec­tion drive.

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