163 children diagnosed with heart disease in Levuka

163 children diagnosed with heart disease in Levuka

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 11/11/2022
[Photo: Supplied/Sai Prema Foundation]

A visit to Levuka by the team from the Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital Fiji has resulted in the discovery of 163 children affected with heart disease.

All the children diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease during these screening clinics have been referred for further ECHO screening, and if surgeries are required, they will have them done at the Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital in Suva free of cost.

The trip to Levuka was made on the back of the visit to Taveuni, Savusavu and Labasa where 121 children were diagnosed with heart disease.

Led by visiting Cardiologist Dr. Yogesh Sathe, the 5-member team from Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital conducted a heart screening outreach for children in Levuka.

All heart screenings were done completely free of cost.

A total of 883 children had their hearts screened. Out of these children, 93 children were diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and 70 children with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).

Dr. Yogesh Sathe, the visiting cardiologist from Sai Sanjeevani Hospital India, says that children with Congenital Heart Disease are most likely to undergo surgical intervention.

Congenital Heart Disease is a heart abnormality present at birth.

The problem can affect the heart walls, the heart valves and the blood vessels.

Dr Sathe says that this screening camp was once again a startling reality of pediatric health in rural and maritime Fiji. Dr Sathe adds that their cardiac screening visit to Labasa, Savusavu and Taveuni was a revelation for the team but their visit to Levuka has further deepened their concerns about the extent of heart disease prevalent across Fiji.

Dr. Sathe says that the discovery of these cases shows that it is their primary responsibility to act as a catalyst in speeding up the efforts of Congenital Heart Disease awareness/early detection in the general population by training primary care pediatricians and community practitioners, health workers, nursing units at multiple places.

Since opening in April this year, the Hospital has already given a new Gift of Life of 81 children from Fiji.

Speaker decides 17 FijiFirst MPs keep their seats, and refers Bainimarama and Koya for alleged probable breaches
Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has today decided that the 17 FijiFirst Party MPs who voted for the change in salaries and benefits in ...
17 hours ago
NFA unveils new uniforms after 29 Years
You will now see the National Fire Authority officers in a new look after their official attire has been revamped and launched 29 years after it was ...
14 hours ago

The actions of a few do not portray the whole organization – Acting COMPOL
Acting Commissioner of Police Juki Fong Chew has assured the public that the Fiji Police Force is not entirely corrupt - nor are all officers ...
15 hours ago

Panapasa granted bail
The former Acting Commissioner of Corrections, Salote Panapasa, has been granted bail. She appeared before Resident Magistrate Krishan Prasad in ...
15 hours ago

223 pass-out as new Police officers
223 new Police officers that recently passed out from the Fiji Police Force have been reminded that they must never forget, those, who have invested ...
18 hours ago

Fijiana XVs not banking on Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship triumph ahead of Japan test
The Vodafone Fijiana XVs side will not be banking on their triumph at the recent Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship as Japan will bring a different ...
18 hours ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Crisis within FijiFirst relating to the termination of 17 MPs who voted for salary increases
A crisis has erupted within the FijiFirst party relating to the termination of 17 members of parliament who supported the government's motion to ...
16 hours ago

Pre-Budget 2024-2025
2023-2024 National Budget Address2023-2024 Budget Supplement2023-2024 Budget ...
3 days ago

Sayed-Khaiyum case on alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval
It is alleged that between the 30th of June, 2022 and the 12th of July, 2022 in Suva, whilst being employed in the civil service as the Acting Prime ...
4 days ago