PATIENTS with heart, brain and joint-related problems are looking forward to treatment from a team of specialised doctors from India who will conduct free screening at the Labasa Hospital today.
The team from the Sahydri Groups of Hospitals will be conducting screening for patients of all ages for cardiac, orthopaedic (joint replacement, arthroscopy) and neurosurgery.
Patients have been advised to make use of the opportunity and be registered at the hospital before the screening starts at 9am.
Team leader Manu Munibhargav said this was their third visit to Fiji in an effort to assist people with their health.
"We conducted surgeries for patients in our last two visits and this year, we plan to screen them first so we can identify those who need further treatment," Mr Munibhargav said.
"The team has also planned to return at the end of March this year to conduct surgeries for those patients who have been identified for surgeries."
He said the initiative was another way of helping patients in the country save money instead of travelling to India for treatment.
"We have patients travelling to India for treatment almost every year and for the past year, we have decided to extend our helping hand and travel to Fiji to provide our services right at the doorsteps of patients," Mr Munibhargav said.
He acknowledged the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government and other relevant stakeholders for giving them an opportunity to assist those in need of their expertise.
The team will also conduct free screening in Suva, Lautoka and Ba.