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Group provides free medical check

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A GROUP of medical experts from Australia will provide a two-day free medical service to the Seaqaqa community in Macuata.

About 400 people converged on Seaqaqa Central College to take advantage of the services by the Sai Medicare yesterday.

The services ranged from general check-up to women's health, paediatrics, skin and eye clinics and free pharmacy to name a few.

Group joint co-ordinator and neurosurgeon Kathir Nadanachandran said they had been coming to Fiji for the past eight years.

"We have been visiting Fiji, mainly Viti Levu for the past seven years and now we have come to the North," he said.

"Prior to our visit, we usually conduct our pilot research to identify the health needs of the rural people in Fiji and with the help of our local counterparts, we are able to ascertain the areas that need our help.

"Our visit is usually for one week and the group comprises of Australian-based health experts, volunteers from the University of Fiji and the Labasa Sangam College of Nursing, and other local volunteers."

Dr Nadanachandran said many of them sacrificed to stay away from work to be part of this humanitarian act.

"After this, we will move up to Coqeloa in Labasa to provide similar services there. The response from the public has been overwhelming and we would like to thank the Ministry of Health and our local coordinators for their assistance.

"For us, this service has not only benefitted our patients but also the volunteers who have been educated through the work we are doing.

'We are happy to be extending our helping hand to the people of Fiji,"Mr Nadanachandran.

The services ranged from general check-up to women's health, paediatrics, skin and eye clinics and free pharmacy to name a few.

Dr Nadanachandran said they had been coming to Fiji for the past eight years.

"We have been visiting Fiji, mainly Viti Levu for the past seven years and now we have come to the North," he said.








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