Over 3000 Fijians in Lau to benefit from medical team visit
March 20, 2019 4:03 pm
Over 3000 Fijians in the Lau group are expected to have better access to medical services in the coming weeks.
This follows a visit by the Health ministry team who are on a 33 days tour to the Yasayasa Moala and Southern Lau group of islands.
Led by the Subdivisional Medical Officer Lakeba, Dr Setareki Sowane – the team will conduct community outreach and health services that are not available at the health stations on the islands.
The visit is part of an annual program that conducts school health visits, general outpatient, dental services, NCD screening, Rheumatic heart disease screening, cervical cancer screening, minor surgeries and health promotion and awareness to the 14 islands.
Acting Divisional Medical Officer Eastern Dr. Josaia Tiko says there will be nutrition assessments, general physical examination and immunization to consented children.
Dr Tiko says eye screening, ear screening, dental examination and treatment will be conducted for school children and this will be done during official school hours.
Community outreach will include minor surgical procedures, dental treatments, maternal and child health services, NCD screening, cervical cancer screening and general outpatients will be conducted in the evening and on weekends at the designated village halls which will benefit the 3960 people in the remote maritime areas.
The trip will also ship medical supplies and furniture to the 4 Health Centres and 13 nursing stations in the Lau group.
Meanwhile, a similar outreach is also running in Kadavu and Vanuabalavu subdivision respectively, while Lomaiviti was completed about a week ago.
The team began their visitation programme in Naroi, Moala on Monday this week and is scheduled to cover Moala, Matuku, Totoya, Ono-I-Lau, Vatoa, Ogea, Fulaga, Kabara, Namuka-I-lau, Komo, Moce, Oneata, Vanuavatu and Nayau in the coming days.