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Sai Prema Revisits School Of Deaf

Fifty-four students and staff members of the Gospel School for the Deaf in Suva had a full medical examination session at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre in Nasese yesterday.
15 Mar 2020 15:03
Sai Prema Revisits School Of Deaf
Children of Gospel School for the Deaf with family and staff at the Shri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre in Nasese.

Fifty-four students and staff members of the Gospel School for the Deaf in Suva had a full medical examination session at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre in Nasese yesterday.

General practitioner and medical co-ordinator Sai Prema Foundation Fiji, Dr Krupali Tappoo, said: “The children together with the staff received medical checks, dental and advised by the dietician on the caregivers about the food and nutritious factors of the child’s diet.

“The foundation conducted similar checks on all the children last year and is doing it again this year to follow up on their status.

“These are general checks to ensure the kids are healthy.

This is part of our monthly rural outreach, which is being done in-house today (Saturday) to cater for the children.”

Dr Tappoo thanked the 21 volunteers of doctors, nurses, dentists, dietician and physiotherapists who had volunteered their time to help out.

“The guys were exceptional for taking out time on their Saturday to be here at the medical centre to conduct checks for the children,” she said.

“The Sanjevani Medical Centre also celebrated the birthdays of the children whose birthdays were this month along with one staff of the foundation.”

Children’s Heart Hospital

Dr Tappoo also mentioned that teams were working hard to open the new Children’s Heart Hospital at the end of April.

She said the hospital would provide free open-heart surgeries for children in Fiji and the South Pacific.

This, she said would be the first facility of its kind to open for the Pacific Island nations.

“We understand that the South Pacific islands do not have access to these services and we have always had overseas teams that come and operate children and go,” Dr Tappoo said.

“Parents have had no choice but to send their babies overseas and it costs near $100,000 to do that and most parents cannot afford it. It has resulted in so many children losing their battle early in their life.

“Thus, an answer to their prayers will open its doors to the public come April.”

She said while working on the facility, the foundation was also looking at appropriate medical professionals.

“We are opting to train local doctors, nurses and all others that are specialists in pediatric cardiology.

“This will be made possible through our sister hospital in India the Sanjeevani Hospitals who will be facilitating these trainings.”

To facilitate operations the foundation will have visiting teams coming in from the Open Heart International Australia and New Zealand, Gift of Life International, and many others will be invited into Fiji.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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