Sathya Sai Organisation Of Australia In Fiji
Free checks draw crowd
By Mereseini Marau
Saturday, August 22, 2009
A TEAM of 32 doctors and nurses provided free medical service to people of Navua and surrounding areas at the Lomary Catholic Primary School on Thursday.
The team includes six general practitioners, four nurses, three dentists, one dental processor, two eye specialists, three pharmacists and two gynaecologists. They are members of Sathya Sai Organisation of Australia — a non-governmental organisation.
Team leader Dr Gunu Naker said they saw more than 3000 people at Tavua, Ba, Sigatoka and Navua.
“Many people come for eye check, blood pressure, heart check and skin rash,” Dr Naker said.
“Some problems we had were people didn’t bring their medication and glasses, so we are unable to offer much advice whether they should continue with that medication or start with the ones we give,” he said.
The main aim of the group was to provide free medical service to people in rural areas, who would otherwise could not go to hospital because they can’t pay for transportation.
“We met the Ministry of Health and they informed us which areas needed medical attention and we visited them.”
Ranadi Rokosalu had a free check at Lomary.
“I am happy because some of us from the interior find it hard to go to Suva for expert advice.”
The team was in Nadi yesterday.
Sai camp provides free care
22-Aug-2009 11:25 AM
MORE than five hundred people of Nadi took advantage of a free medical camp set up by medical professionals associated with the Satya Sai Organization in Australia.
Team leader Doctor Gunu Naker who is a general practitioner based in Australia is in the country with a team of more than twenty highly trained specialists and general practitioner doctors.
Doctor Naker told Fiji Daily Post that the medical camp trip to Fiji which started last year is getting popular every year.
“Last year we were able to see over three thousand patients,” Doctor Naker said.
He said all medical services including specialist diagnosis given to patients were absolutely free.
“The Satya Sai Organization is not a religious but a spiritual organization and service to mankind is an absolute priority,” Doctor Naker said.
He said the medical wing of the SSO in Australia has a team of thirty medical professionals and there is a sister team based in New Zealand as well. “Our Kiwi counterparts have been coming over here for the past four years now and they mostly concentrate in Vanua Levu but they have spent two days in Viti Levu during their last visit as well,” Doctor Naker said.
He said the free medical camp this year had taken place following a medical conference which was held at Dr. Umanand Prasad Medical School based at the University of Fiji. “We were very fortunate to have had the company of the Honourable Minister for Health Dr. Neel Sharma in the conference as well.”
He said the medical conference was well attended by the medical fraternity and is gaining momentum each year.
“The conference and free medical camp will now be an ongoing thing because it was very important to have a good medical facility so that everyone benefits in the end.”
“Students from the school have been joining us as well ever since we started last year and it is nice to have them amongst us as they get to learn a lot from their experiences,” Doctor Naker said.
He also thanked the management and staff of Andrews Primary School for providing the venue for yesterday’s medical camp.
By SHALENDRA PRASAD
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