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South Pacific’s first children’s heart screening Centre opens

April 24, 2019 5:05 pm

The South Pacific’s first Children’s Heart Screening Centre was opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The Center will provide free services to children and is located within the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre in Nasese, Suva.  It houses the latest Technology Echocardiography Machine from New Zealand.

Foundation coordinator, Dr Krupali Tappoo says Fijian children will be able to be screened for heart disease at the Center thanks to the new equipment.

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“Not even the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, which is New Zealand’s premier Hospital, has this machine. This $200,000 machine was donated to the Medical Centre by a lovely philanthropist couple from New Zealand Mr. Robin and Mrs. Ortrud James.”

Another machine that scans hearts was also purchased and will be used in rural communities.

“The world first mobile heart screening device – the HD stethoscope. This heart screening device will allow the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji in conjunction with the Ministry of Heath to conduct child heart screenings in the rural villages of Fiji as part of the Foundation’s Project Heart Beat initiative.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the Sai Prema foundation is helping to realize the government’s vision of a healthier Fiji.

Bainimarama has reiterated Fiji remains committed to providing the best health service, which is evident through the increased budgetary allocation in the 2018/2019 financial year.

“At this new children’s screening centre, young Fijians will be provided heart screenings, completely free-of-cost. I understand peadiatric cardiac surgeries have already been conducted within this facility for Fijian children; a specialist treatment that is now available on-site, all year, for the first time.”

Today, 25 children will be screened and those in need of surgery will undertake the procedure from Monday.

 

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