THE Ministry of Health has conveyed its gratitude to a team of medical specialists from the Sahyadri Group of Hospitals in India for taking time out to conduct free screening for patients in the country.
Addressing more than 200 people at a live Bollywood music show in Labasa on Friday, Health Minister Doctor Neil Sharma said it had always been a difficult task to bring specialist care to Fiji in the past.
"With government's move to partner with an internationally-recognised specialist group, we now have the capabilities to undertake necessary specialist level care in orthopaedics, cardiac surgery and neurosurgery," Dr Sharma said.
"These opportunities give doctors and nurses in Fiji a chance to upskill their knowledge and improve their service to another standard."
Such relations, he said were very important in the move to grow our nation's health care system.
"We thank the specialists for their effort and tremendous assistance in trying to improve the lives of those Fijians who are suffering from cardiac, joint and brain-related problems."
The hospital's director, Doctor Charudutt Apte, said the ministry was doing a marvellous task in helping the people of the country.
He said they were more than happy to return and operate on the patients identified for surgery.