Labasa

25 people receive successful surgeries from NZ medical team

A total of twenty-five residents of Labasa have successfully received laparoscopic surgeries from a medical team of New Zealand who provided free medical treatment. The medical team, which comprised of former Fijian residents now residing in New Zealand, were farewelled by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Veena Bhatnagar. Assistant Minister Bhatnagar, […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 17, 2016 9:17 am

A total of twenty-five residents of Labasa have successfully received laparoscopic surgeries from a medical team of New Zealand who provided free medical treatment.

Assistant Minister for Health Hon. Veena Bhatnagar presenting certificate of appreciation to Mr Shiu Kumar, team leader of Friends of Fiji Medical Team.(DEPTFO)
Assistant Minister for Health Hon. Veena Bhatnagar presenting a certificate of appreciation to Mr Shiu Kumar, team leader of Friends of Fiji Medical Team. (DEPTFO)

The medical team, which comprised of former Fijian residents now residing in New Zealand, were farewelled by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Veena Bhatnagar.

Assistant Minister Bhatnagar, while speaking at the farewell dinner for the medical team in Labasa, acknowledged the team’s great effort in helping to support Fijians.

BHATNAGAR: “I am extremely delighted for your contribution towards the medical needs of our people and I thank you on behalf of the Health Ministry for working in partnership as we will always welcome and support such initiatives.”

The team leader Shiu Kumar said they were always ready to provide much-needed treatment to the people of Labasa and hoped to return in future to render similar services.

The team attended to 25 laparoscopic and other surgical cases with a 100 per cent success rate and provided services at the Labasa Hospital from 11th to 12th July 2016.

Laparoscopy, an advanced surgical approach with minimal invasion, is being developed in Fiji with the help of Friends of Fiji.

In addition to this, the team conducted:

  • Basic Laparoscopic Workshop for theatre nurses
  • Anaesthetics
  • Gynaecology doctors of Labasa Hospital
  • A Perineal Tear Workshop for midwives from Sangam School of Nursing.

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