A MEDICAL team from Sahydri Groups of Hospitals in India is urging people to visit nearby medical facilities to know the status of their health.
The team visited the Labasa Hospital yesterday to conduct screening for patients with cardiac, orthopaedic (joint replacement, arthroscopy) and neurosurgery.
The hospital's director and neurosurgery, Doctor Charudutt Apte, said such facilities were meant for the people and it was only proper that they made use of them.
"The facilities will help people understand their health conditions and we can only detect the problems they are facing if they make an effort to visit health professionals," Dr Apte said.
"It's a common practice for most people worldwide to visit the health facilities only when their conditions are worse and this is not a good sign because the problem is usually difficult to solve."
Commenting on the screening activity in Labasa, Dr Apte said more than 200 patients were screened for brain, heart and joint-related issues.
"Some of these patients need further surgery and we only hope that there will be some arrangements done for them to be treated," he said.
"We are yet again advising people to take heed of health advice and ensure they have a healthy diet for the purpose of living a life free of health problems."