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Heart boost

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A FIVE-MEMBER team from Australia, who spend their annual leave doing community work in Pacific countries, have installed a pre-loved $3million catheterisation scan machine in the CWM Hospital's CATH Lab.

Members of the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) led by Peter Koens worked hard in installing the Philips Allura Xper FT-10 machine.

The new machine replaces the old CATH machine which was already 11 years old when it was first installed at the lab in 2009.

Hospital staff members used the machine for five years before it was finally replaced this year.

Mr Koens said CWM Hospital was the first in the Pacific to have a CATH scan machine installed.

He said the machine should hold up for seven years at its very least.

"I hope to see a reduction in heart disease although I don't think one machine is enough for that," he said.

"The project here is to provide the cardiologists of Fiji and visiting teams with the essential tools to conduct interventional cardiology operations."

Consultant and head of department at the cardiology section Dr Tevita Baravilala thanked the team for their hard work and generosity.

Dr Baravilala explained that patients with heart problems would be the beneficiaries of the machine as it would be used to clear up heart blockages.

"The treatment now, the guideline used is to take them (heart attack patients) straight to the CATH labs and try and open up the blockage, this is what the cardiologist will use," Dr Baravilala said.

"Before, we did not have that option, we would use some not very effective means of drugs and open it. Like I said, cardiovascular diseases are the biggest cause of deaths in Fiji."

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