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Medical students assist villages, repair dams

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

FOR the past seven years, the Fiji National University's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has embarked on a mission to teach its students the will to help people.

The project called the Fiji Village Project has taken them to a number of villages outside Suva in a bid to assist villagers with difficulties they face.

Faculty dean Professor Ian Rouse said such projects helped students to familiarise themselves with any situation they faced.

"When they get to graduate they will have a sense of what to go through on the field," he said.

"The past seven years have been really rewarding for many of our students because they learnt to help many villagers, especially those who were in need of medical care."

Yesterday marked another milestone achievement for the project when it successfully launched its 2014 project.

Prof Rouse said 30 students along with 30 medical students from New Zealand and Australia would be part of a two-week project in the villages of Nairukuruku and Taulevu in upper Naitasiri.

The team left Suva yesterday to repair water dams in Taulevu, a village which has been facing water problems for many years.