THE Sahyadri Hospitals intend to train local medical students in respective fields of surgery.
The project co-ordinator for surgeries in Fiji, Professor Manu Munibhargav, said the training would be done in Fiji.
"We intend to train local medical students in the respective fields of surgery so that major surgeries can be done here in future instead of overseas surgeons coming in," he said in an interview.
"The local medical school is very much interested in this and we hope that things fall through."
A team of surgeons from India is in the country performing cardiac and neurosurgeries. Sahyadri Hospitals is the largest chain of hospitals in Maharashtra.
The group has 12 hospitals in India with more than 900 beds currently and plans to expand to almost 1200 beds by the end of the next financial year.
Mr Munibhargav said neurosurgery was one of the most complex surgeries, saying a wrong turn could result in paralysis.
He said the Health Ministry had some advanced equipment to detect neurological problems in the early stages.
"Some nurses, technicians and doctors were sent to India for training and they came back after successfully completing their training. There is an ongoing process of training and learning," he said.
"With the help of the Health Ministry's IT department here, the images of scanning done on patients are sent to India for a report. And within 72 hours, the radiological reports are sent back from India."
Mr Munibhargav said the time taken was a big difference compared with the past when it took weeks or even months for the report to come back from some countries.