Fiji now has the first ever “South Pacific Children’s Heart Screening Centre”, and this was opened by the Sai Prema Organisation at the Sri Sathya Sanjeevani Medical Centre in Nasese.

Children around the country will now access free heart screening that is available at the Medical centre.

Today was a milestone achievemnet for the country as the Sai Prema Organisation at the Sri Sathya Sanjeevani Medical Centre located in Nasese, Suva opened the South Pacific’s first Children’s heart screening centre.

This means that families will not have to fork out thousands of dollars to send their children overseas for a single checkup.

Officiating at the event Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the Sai Prema foundation is helping to realise the vision for a healthier Fiji.

“Every parent deserves that same level of assurance when their child falls ill. Because of this new Heart Screening Centre, families whose children suffer from a cardiac-related illness will know that feeling of security; they will know there is hope for their child. There is no price tag you can place on that comfort. Luckily, thanks to the generosity of the Sai Prema Foundation, there’s no need to reduce that feeling to a dollar value, as the care offered by this treatment centre is provided free of cost.”

“But it’s one thing to make cutting edge treatment available in Suva, it’s quite another to ensure that the reach of life-saving health services extends across all of the country. I’m especially proud that Sai Prema shares the commitment of my Government to improve the health of Fijians, not only in urban centres, but in our rural and maritime regions as well. Today, I’m proud to officially receive Fiji’s first mobile heart screening device. A new technological marvel that will allow for free heart screenings in rural communities around the country.”

Dr Krupali Tappoo also highlighted that since 2016 they have managed to assist 54 children who went through surgery which has cost the organisation approximately $5 million.

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