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Sai Prema Foundation assists 180 villagers from Waidalice, Tailevu and surrounding areas

Sai Prema Foundation assists 180 villagers from Waidalice, Tailevu and surrounding areas

By Rashika Kumar
Monday 07/10/2019
[Photo:Sai Prema Foundation Fiji]

180 villagers from Waidalice, Tailevu and surrounding areas took advantage of the latest medical camp from the Sai Prema Foundation last Saturday.

They were assisted by a 50 member team comprising of doctors, health professionals, volunteers and members of the Foundation.

Project coordinator Namrata Tappoo says many people have taken for granted their relative ease at being able to go to a public health care facility or a private doctor. However, she says there are much less privileged in Fiji who are not able to enjoy this.

Tappoo says once a month, the foundation takes a well-equipped medical team and a Mobile Hospital into the rural areas where they set up camp and encourage the entire community to take advantage of the free services available.

The Sai Prema Foundation has assisted over 5,000 people through its “Health on Wheels” program in the past three years.

The services offered in these monthly outreach camps include triage and health screening checks, general medical consultations, dental services and procedure, eye checks and free reading glasses, dieticians checks, obstetrics and gynecological consultations, heart screening for children, prostate tests for men, physiotherapy, tuberculosis Screening, and medicines are provided for free.

The Foundation has in the past three years conducted 71 free heart surgeries for the children, served 6,000 patients for free at the Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre, 360 children have received free heart screening in the rural villages while 240 children have received free heart screening at the newly opened Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Screening Centre.

Sai Prema Foundation has also provided 66,000 meals and groceries through its “Sai Annapoorna” project to underprivileged and needy families.

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