First Two Youngsters Identified For Scan

Mother of two, Maria Biuiwaqa, 43, also received free checkup along with her children.
16 Sep 2020 16:11
First Two Youngsters Identified For Scan
2 year-old Jimaima Dilolo of Nasole HART gets her free medical check done by Dr. Akash Singh as her grandmother, Melaia Naibui looks on during free medical checks for residents of HART at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani medical Centre on September 15, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Two Nasole Housing Authority and Relief Trust (HART) children are the first from their community to be booked for an echocardiogram (echo) scan at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital in Suva.

An echocardiogram is a scan used to look at the heart and nearby blood vessels.

Sai Prema Foundation coordinator Namrata Tappoo said the two had heart irregularities and would be visiting the hospital in the coming weeks for further checkups.

“They were among the 17 children from the Nasole HART and Newtown HART who attended the free medical screening at the Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre yesterday,” Mr Tappoo said.

“We have completed 1100 heart screenings by the end of August.”

The Foundation during the screening also provided free general checkups to 42 people of Nasole and Newtown HART communities.

Saleshni Mani, 36, brought one of her three children for checkup and said she was grateful for the opportunity to get her child checked-up for free.

“As a mother I care for my child and I am so grateful for the free checkups,” Ms Mani said.

Mother of two, Maria Biuiwaqa, 43, also received free checkup along with her children.

“I was looking forward to this day to come so that my children and I get a free checkup,” Ms Biuiwaqa said.

Ms Biuiwaqa said provision of transport to the hospital in the time of COVID-19 pandemic and financial issues was a blessing.

“In this pandemic people are not able to travel long distances and pay for transportation; I am so thankful to what the centre has provided to us,” she said.

“I was not able to buy medicines as they were costly; I used natural remedies to keep me well.”

Ms Biuiwaqa of Nasole HART now encourages her community members to take advantage of free medical services provided by the Sai Prema Foundation

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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