Fiji Time: 7:06 PM on Tuesday 27 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Heart checks

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, May 02, 2014

ABOUT 20 health professionals from Australia, New Zealand and Britain are visiting rheumatic heart disease (RHD) patients and conducting echo-screening in the Western Division.

It is estimated that one child in every 30 in the country, aged between 5 and 14, has RHD.

Dr Rosemary Wyber, program manager RHD from the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia, said the group was also here to study how Fiji was tackling the RHD issue while conducting tests in rural settlements in the division.

"We've got a group of stakeholders in rheumatic heart disease, some are clinical doctors and nurses, companies interested in RHD and what we need to tackle it," she said.

"Fiji has done some excellent work in RHD control — like developing a national register — and this is an excellent chance to think about translating some of those lessons to other parts of the world."

Dr Wyber lauded the free surgeries conducted in Fiji by Open Heart International, which was also part of the visiting team, but added it was critical people got tested and treated early to prevent operations later on in their lives.

"The best case scenario would be preventing people getting rheumatic heart disease in the first place, treating sore throats with anti-biotics or by finding people who have got RHD by echo-screening and getting them on treatment like regular injections to prevent them from needing surgery in the future."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65060.6316
JPY 55.571952.5719
GBP 0.38460.3766
EUR 0.43900.4270
NZD 0.68060.6476
AUD 0.65060.6256
USD 0.49300.4760

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th, June, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 20 years for Cokanauto
  2. Robbery turns fatal
  3. 'She can't see beyond politics'
  4. Cokanauto convicted
  5. Rookie of the Year
  6. Youth leader quizzed
  7. Minister challenges scientists at dialogue
  8. Flotsam and Jetsam
  9. Minister encourages public to organise sporting activities
  10. Reddy: Protect children

Top Stories this Week

  1. Cokanauto guilty Monday (26 Jun)
  2. Pastor denies claims Thursday (22 Jun)
  3. 4 dead Thursday (22 Jun)
  4. Media boss in road accident inquiry Thursday (22 Jun)
  5. Kolinisau's plan Sunday (25 Jun)
  6. Ryan option Monday (26 Jun)
  7. Under scrutiny Wednesday (21 Jun)
  8. Skipper selection Sunday (25 Jun)
  9. Umarji walks free Friday (23 Jun)
  10. Don't fear Monday (26 Jun)