Fiji Time: 11:39 AM on Monday 27 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Cheap limbs

Luke Rawalai
Friday, August 22, 2014

WITH the rate of amputations happening in the country, the Health Ministry has started producing prosthetic limbs.

This was revealed by minister Dr Neil Sharma during an interview, in which he also said most amputations were the result of patients not taking good care of themselves.

Dr Sharma said they were producing prosthetic limbs locally through the assistance of the largest prosthetic centre in Jaipur, India.

"Patients from as far as Nauru have started coming into the country to access these prosthetic limbs," he said.

"We assure our Fijian citizens that these locally-produced prosthetic limbs would be cheap and accessible for them.

"This is well in line with the ministry's plans that amputees do not have to be rendered disabled because of operations."

Dr Sharma said they wanted amputees to live a normal life.

"We have been talking so loudly and people are in a stage of denial.

"The only cure for diabetes is for people to keep track of what they put into their mouths and exercise regularly to regulate their health.

"We need to realise the ministry will continue to do what is best to provide for the people and we only hope these prosthetic limbs will give amputees a new lease of life."








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 0.64190.6229
JPY 55.540852.5408
GBP 0.39140.3834
EUR 0.46310.4511
NZD 0.68740.6544
AUD 0.64160.6166
USD 0.49190.4749

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th February, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Unpractical
  2. 'Vanua' politics
  3. Dedication and sacrifice
  4. Double lanes
  5. High risk areas for dengue fever identified
  6. Worthwhile experience for couple
  7. 48 crested iguanas released in the wild
  8. Bridge for villagers
  9. Plans drawn up
  10. Treated water for villagers

Top Stories this Week

  1. School girl, 14, dies Saturday (25 Feb)
  2. 2 dead in 48 hours Wednesday (22 Feb)
  3. Qoro resigns as exchange boss Tuesday (21 Feb)
  4. $30,000 richer Thursday (23 Feb)
  5. Locally owned health centre begins operation Friday (24 Feb)
  6. Bravery medal for boy, 6 Saturday (25 Feb)
  7. Angry passengers disembark from smoke-filled bus Sunday (26 Feb)
  8. 112 taxi permits in west terminated Saturday (25 Feb)
  9. PM: Roads 'one of the worst' Saturday (25 Feb)
  10. 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurs in local region Sunday (26 Feb)