200-plus receive free medical check

Optometrist Student Jason Kumar examines Cilavi Kepa during the Free Sai Medicare at Saru MGM in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

LAUTOKA residents living in the outskirts of the Sugar City were treated to free medical services from specialists organised by the Sathya Sai Service Organisation.

More than 200 turned up to the medical clinic headed by doctors and medical staff members from New Zealand and Fiji.

Program director Dr Dinesh Lal said medical specialists were part of their team which would ensure that patients were able to receive the best care.

“We have been doing this for the past 14 years working closely with the Sathya Sai Service Organisation here in Fiji and we do this mostly to serve the people in rural areas,” he said.

“We often come each year to supplement what the Government has been doing in the rural areas and we basically offer added help to our local doctors and nurses.

“Our camp sites are based on what the local people and what the local medical hospitals see fit for us to address.

“We come through the Ministry of Health and so we have a team of about 100 volunteer doctors and nurses and they are the ones who are really doing all of the work on the ground during these clinics.”

He explained that most of their patients suffer from common illnesses related to non-communicable diseases.

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