100 pacemakers can save lives or some Fijians who need it will die โ€“ Dr Kapadia
MOH still in the process of buying the pacemakers

100 pacemakers can save lives or some Fijians who need it will die โ€“ Dr Kapadia

MOH still in the process of buying the pacemakers

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 08/11/2022
[Image: britishheartfoundation]

Former Fiji resident and a General and Interventional Cardiologist based at the Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia, Doctor Vijay Kapadia stresses the Health Ministry needs to buy at least 100 pacemakers to ensure lives are not lost and also says we need a permanent pacemaker service in our country.

Doctor Kapadia says Fiji needs more than 300 pacemakers and up to now, donated pacemakers are being fitted in patients by the visiting surgical teams at CWM Hospital.

Doctor Kapadia says the pacemakers are small devices connected to the heart for rhythm disturbances of the heart.

He had said last month that it is disappointing that something that is quite cheap and can save lives, has still not been purchased by the government.

When contacted by fijivillage on whether the 100 pacemakers have been purchased, Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says they are in the process of doing that.

Doctor Fong says he understands the frustrations of Doctor Kapadia however he can only say that they have every intention to support the visiting teams.

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Police investigate alleged assault of a farmer by senior company executive and colleagues in Navua in 2018
Police have today confirmed that they are investigating a report lodged earlier this week where a 55 year old farmer of Batiniyaka Settlement Navua wa...
15 hours ago
Hard work pays off for former Naitasiri rugby captain Sadrugu who was admitted to the bar today
More than 4 years of hard work and sacrifice has paid off for USP law student and former Naitasiri rugby skipper Benjamin Sadrugu after he was ...
15 hours ago

I have been told that by November, everything will be done and there will be uninterrupted water supply โ€“ Pro. Prasad
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Professor Biman Prasad visited the Balevuto dam site in Ba, where the Water Authority of Fiji briefed ...
15 hours ago

Car overturns at Milverton Road
A car has gone off the road and overturned at Milverton Road in Suva. Police are at the scene. We are still trying to gather more ...
15 hours ago

Acting DPP Toganivalu appointed as Acting Commissioner of FICAC
The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Ratu David Toganivalu, has been appointed as the Acting Commissioner of the Fiji Independent Commission ...
16 hours ago

Housing Authority and Telecom Fiji signs MOU to enhance customer and staff experiences
The Housing Authority and Telecom Fiji Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding which marks a significant milestone in the digital transformation ...
17 hours ago
7 Grace Road Group executives declared prohibited immigrants in Fiji after decisions by the South Korean Government and a request by Interpol
7 Grace Road executives in Fiji have been declared prohibited immigrants by the Fijian Government, it has been made clear through government ...
8 days ago

EBayShop Online Recruitment scam
The Consumer Council of Fiji has issued a public alert about a group of individuals running a deceptive pyramid scheme known as โ€œEbayShop Online Recruitment.โ€
9 days ago

Bainimarama and Qilihoโ€™s trial
The trial of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho begins
36 days ago