Fiji needs its own pediatric cardiac unit: Dr Katewa
A visiting heart surgeon who conducted twenty-seven heart surgeries at Suva’s CWM hospital last week believes Fiji needs to have its own pediatric cardiac unit.
According to statistics, around two-hundred children in the country are born with congenital heart disease every year and at least one hundred need some form of surgery.
India’s Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital Head Surgeon, Dr Ashish Katewa says overseas medical teams conducting surgeries in Fiji is not the solution to this problem.
“All these visiting teams who come here would operate around 25 or maybe 50 such operations in a year, there is still backlog of 50 and there is also a backlog of kids who have survived to reach a certain age without treatment so I would imagine a large number of kids still undetected in the country.”
Local NGO, Sai Prema Foundation Medical Coordinator, Dr Krupali Tappoo shared the same sentiments.
“There is always a time when some children need urgent surgery and we don’t have an option here in Fiji and some of these children will continue to die and that is a sad reality. Now the ultimate goal needs to be that a local unit needs to be established.”
The visiting teams consisting of specialist from India, United States and Oman operated on twenty-seven children who had heart problems.
Source : www.fbc.com.fj April 23, 2018