PATIENTS living overseas have shown interest in undergoing heart, brain and orthopaedic surgeries in Fiji from a visiting team of Indian doctors.
This was revealed by Sahyadri Hospitals project co-ordinator in Fiji Professor Manu Munibhargav yesterday.
The news has been described as a major achievement for the country's health sector, especially to have patients from developed countries keen to travel to Fiji for medical operations.
Prof Munibhargav said many people in Fiji approached the team of heart and neuro surgeons, enquiring about surgeries.
He said people also enquired about orthopaedic surgeries or joint replacements, which are being done at the Lautoka Hospital.
"Three patients from developed countries also approached us for joint replacement and one has already had surgery.
"The others may come next time," he said.
"It is the same thing with heart and neuro surgeries. People from overseas want to undergo the surgeries here by the Sahyadri team."
Mr Munibhargav said the interest shown by overseas people was not only because of the cheap cost of surgeries but the quality of service and the advanced treatment provided.
"They are keen on heart surgeries because of the advanced technology that we use. It is a matter of our quality of service."
Health Ministry spokesman Shalvin Deo said last night the development shows that Fiji had moved ahead in terms of medical care.
"The ministry is pleased that such surgeries are available here now. People had to go overseas for such treatment but its at our doorstep now," Mr Deo said.
On people from other countries showing interest in surgeries in Fiji, he said: "It's something positive for the country as a whole."
The heart surgeries are being performed by the chief heart surgeon, Dr Rajesh Kaushish who is a former Indian Army officer.
Sahyadri Hospitals chairman and managing director Dr Charudatt Apte is the chief neuro surgeon, being renowned in the Asia region for his work.