Children born with congenital heart disease in Fiji can now be treated and have life-saving surgeries for free, thanks to the newly opened state-of-the-art Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital in Nasese. The Sai Prema Foundation created the world-class facility with the aim of providing the best possible surgery and treatment to the children of Fiji and the Pacific.
About 200 children are born with congenital heart disease in Fiji every year and when you consider the Pacific, that number increases to 2500 children. Sadly, most of the children in Fiji and the Pacific born with this disease do not reach adulthood.
Sai Prema Foundation director, Sumeet Tappoo, said the foundation was excited to have the opportunity to save many lives of the children of Fiji and the Pacific.
“There wasn't facilities anywhere in the Pacific for surgery and treatment of children suffering from congenital heart disease, and it's simply unaffordable for families to take their children overseas.” Mr Tappoo said.
Despite the enormous challenges presented by a global pandemic, the Sia Prema team managed to bring in the required specialist equipment and technical expertise from around the world including the USA, Canada, Europe, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Cubro supported the project with clinical design and consulting, a design and installation package for a full medical gas system and the supply and installation of world-class surgical lights and pendants in the theatre where the cardiac procedures are completed. We’ll also continue to help the team with ongoing service and support.
Sai Prema Foundation has also brought in a team of world-renowned surgeons and Paediatric Cardiac super-specialists from the United States and Australia who will perform operations on Fiji’s child patients.
“It is truly satisfying that this hospital is as good as any hospital in the United States of America, Australia, or New Zealand.
The children of our nation and the region deserve the very best treatment and a prosperous future, allowing them to be equal citizens so that they can contribute towards the welfare of our nation and the world.” Mr Tappoo said.