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45 further treatment

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, February 02, 2013

OUT of the 140 patients screened at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) in Suva by a team of medical specialists from India, 45 need further treatment.

Sahydri Groups of Hospitals director Doctor Charudutt Apte said patients had been identified for surgery.

The team is in the country to conduct screening for patients with cardiac, orthopaedic (joint replacement, arthroscopy) and neurosurgery.

Dr Apte said they detected five cases of brain tumours, 15 spinal injuries and 25 cardiac problems.

Yesterday, the team was at the Labasa Hospital to screen patients and had identified some for further medical treatment.

"We will come back sometimes in April and we hope to operate on these patients and we will work closely with the Ministry of Health to make this happen," he said.

Dr Apte said while the ministry was doing its part to improve health facilities in Fiji, it was imperative for people to look after their health for their own benefit.

"Early detection is better and that's why we want people to visit the health facilities near them regularly so their illnesses or sickness are known and treated and also give them health tips.

"The last thing we want is for people to fork out extra money to travel overseas for further medical treatment."





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