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Confidence in developing medical tourism

Monika Singh
Friday, March 31, 2017

A MEDICAL company is confident that Fiji could be known as a medical tourism destination on the global map in the near future.

Sahyadri Specialty Pacific Hospital Ltd (SSPHL) Fiji said the Fijian Government's policies were most encouraging for the development of the medical tourism sector.

The company's comments come as it prepares to conduct open heart and joint replacement surgeries in Fiji in May.

Some patients from Australia and New Zealand have reportedly shown interest in undergoing the super speciality treatment in Fiji by specialists brought from India by SSPHL.

Apart from the overseas patients, locals have also been contacting SSPHL to make arrangements for the surgeries which will start on May 15.

Open heart surgeries will be performed at Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva for two weeks from the said date while knee and hip replacement surgeries will be held at Lautoka Hospital for a week, from the same date.

SSPHL Fiji director Professor Manu Munibhargav said Fiji was becoming a hub for high ended medical facilities.

Prof Munibhargav said small neighbouring island countries were looking towards medical expertise available in Fiji for the treatment of their citizens.

"There are some patients from Australia and New Zealand who are taking keen interest and are looking at Fiji as a medical tourism destination for some high ended surgeries like open heart and joint replacement," he said.

"Fiji is gifted with good doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, skills and expertise play an important role in the medical field.

"SSPHL is working hard with doctors and other organisations in developed countries like Australia and New Zealand for the treatment of their patients in Fiji.

"When one looks at the cost, Fiji is substantially cheaper compared to Australia and New Zealand as far as medical treatment is concerned."

Prof Munibhargav said Fiji was a pollution free country and well connected by air, thus it being an ideal place for people from the Pacific region to come to for super speciality medical treatment.

He said SSPHL always believed that medical services must be made available, accountable, accessible and affordable.

"I'm confident that Fiji will be known as a medical tourism destination on the global map in the near future and many people have expressed their interest to SSPHL in having the procedures done here in Fiji," he said.

SSPHL Fiji has a joint venture agreement with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to provide super speciality treatment to patients in the country in certain medical areas.

The cost of the open heart and joint replacement surgeries has been fixed by the Government.

People interested in the medical procedures can contact the SSPHL team via email - pacifichealth2000@gmail.com.








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