FIJI will soon be visited by a team of advanced specialists for a health awareness program from India, accompanied by a talented Bollywood musical group.
Three doctors specialising in cardiology, neurology and orthopaedics from the Sahyadri Hospital Group will be in the country and patients needing hip and knee replacement, joint arthroscopy, open heart surgery, coronary artery stenting, spinal and brain surgery will be screened by the medical team.
The program is organised by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with government in association with the Ministry of Local Government and Urban Development, Housing and Environment, city and town councils of Labasa, Suva, Ba, Lautoka, the Indian Cultural Centre, and the High Commission of India in Suva.
Minister for Health Doctor Neil Sharma said the services provided by the team were going to be specialised as provided overseas.
"The ministry will also accommodate referrals from general practitioners, hospitals, health centres, insurance companies, and private individuals," Dr Sharma said.
The screening will be in conjunction with a Bollywood music show that will focus on healthier lifestyles and also provide entertainment.
Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) director Doctor Kamal Kishore Mishra said the musical group consisted of highly renowned artists who were going to give the audience pure entertainment.
"There are artists like Dr Rajendra Dookar who has done more than 5000 stage shows and has accompanied many singers like Asha Bhosle, Shankar Mahadevan and Alka Yagnik," Dr Mishra said.
A finalist of Indian Idol in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Sandeep Ubale will also be part of the 10-member musical group, which has many talented singers and percussionists.
The screening begins on January 30 in Suva until February 5 in Lautoka.