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Outreach Medics Conduct Successful Surgeries In Naitasiri

For 67-year-old Ratu Ifereimi Sakuwai of Taulevu, Matainabau, Naitasiri, it was a visit that he had been longing for, almost two years.
30 Nov 2019 12:25
Outreach Medics Conduct Successful Surgeries In Naitasiri
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqanibete (left) meets patients at the Vunidawa Hospital in Naitasiri yesterday. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

 

The Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT) Surgical Outreach was a success at the Vunidawa Hospital in Naitasiri yesterday.

The outreach team conducted about 60 surgeries at the conclusion of their one-week programme yesterday.

For 67-year-old Ratu Ifereimi Sakuwai of Taulevu, Matainabau, Naitasiri, it was a visit that he had been longing for, almost two years.

“I came to the hospital on Tuesday for my usual review without having any idea that the surgical team from the ministry was present,” he said.

Mr Sakuwai was examined on Tuesday and was told to come the next day for a Lipoma (a benign tumour made of fat tissue) removal surgery on his chest.

Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete (back row, twelfth from left) with the UN Special Rapporteur and medical staff at the Vunidawa Hospital on November 29, 2019.  Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete (back row, twelfth from left) with the UN Special Rapporteur and medical staff at the Vunidawa Hospital on November 29, 2019. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

“I felt so happy when I was informed that I was going to be on the list,” he said

“It has been two years since I found out about the growth. I came to get checked but the doctor said it was nothing to worry about but deep in my heart I wanted to get it removed because it kept growing,” Mr Sakuwai said.

He thanked the team for making the medical services conveniently available to them.

“I believe the Government and the Ministry of Health are doing their best to help communities like us and so the onus is on us to take the initiative to make use of these available services,” he said.

Head of FEMAT, Dr Luke Nasedra said, “cases such as big lumps, hernia, hydrocele, breast lumps and circumcisions are some surgeries conducted during the outreach”.

Edited by Percy Kean

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