FIJI may see its first kidney transplant carried out as early as next year.
And Indian doctors in the country have revealed that liver transplants could also be done here.
The revelation comes after the successful completion of heart, neuro or brain and orthopaedic surgeries by doctors from Sahyadri Hospitals in India.
Chief heart surgeon Dr Rajesh Kaushish also revealed that he could carry out lung surgeries too next year.
The team has also not ruled out the possibility of performing eye surgeries on patients in Fiji.
Sahyadri Hospital's project co-ordinator in Fiji Professor Manu Munibhargav said kidney transplants would be possible once the new operating theatre at CWM Hospital opens next year.
"We are looking at doing kidney and liver transplants in Fiji. The entire set-up has to be developed and we may do kidney transplants once the new OT is open," he said.
"However, it will take some time before we do liver transplants in Fiji. And if we get cases concerning the lungs, then we will do lung surgeries too in our next trip in February next year.
"But before that, we will come here for the screening of patients at different centres so that more people come out to be checked."
Prof Munibhargav said the screening would be held for 10 to 13 days.
He said about 15,000 people turned up the last time but only 2200 could be screened.
"We will come with a cardiologist, a neuro specialist, ortho specialist and experts from other areas will also come. Also, we are thinking of doing eye surgeries too," he said.
Dr Kaushish, who has performed more than 5000 successful heart surgeries since 1996, said he could also do lung surgeries.
"Ever since I left the Indian Army, I have been doing only heart surgeries but in my future visits to Fiji, next year, I can do lung surgery too," he said.
Health Ministry spokesman Shalvin Deo said the revelation by the Sahyadri Hospitals team was a breakthrough for Fiji as far as medical science was concerned.
"It shows that we are progressing as far as the provision of best health services is concerned," he said.