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Cardiac team to visit Fiji

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, February 02, 2014

A CARDIAC team from India will be in the country later this month to conduct advance open heart surgery.

Ministry of Health media liaison officer Evelyn Mani said the specialist team from Sahyadri Group of Hospitals would arrive on February 5.

"The Health Ministry will accommodate referrals from all general practitioners, hospital, health centers and insurance companies," she said.

Patients are also advised to provide their basic personal information and disclose their financial details.

"An assessment will be made to determine as to how the ministry will assist in terms of cost."

She said patients and relatives of patients would benefit from such visiting specialist teams as it would reduce the cost involved with travelling overseas for treatment such as, air fare, accommodation and other miscellaneous expenses.

"With this initiative, the Health Ministry has also seen a decrease in the number of patients being referred for overseas treatment in the last year.

"Apart from this, this will also reduce the patient waiting time for seeking financial medical assistance."

Mrs Mani added the visit would also allow local doctors, specialists, nurses and registrars to upskill their knowledge and expertise by working alongside such visiting specialist team.