The lack of trained doctors, nurses and infrastructure prompted the health ministry of Fiji to tie up with Pune-based Sahyadri Hospital to treat Fijians requiring complex healthcare services. This is first of its kind public private partnership wherein government of Fiji has tied with private hospital in India for providing healthcare services.
Neil Sharma, health minister of Fiji and Fiji high commissioner to India Yogesh Karan visited Sahyadri Speciality Hospital at Deccan Gymkhana on May 24. Sharma talked about Fiji Government’s partnership with Sahyadri and benefits that Fiji’s health-care sector and people of Fiji derived from Sahyadri group of hospitals over last two years.
“The doctors at the Sahyadri Group have not only performed surgeries but also have trained locals so they can serve the country. Through this partnership, Sahyadri group of hospitals provide healthcare expertise to health department of Fiji,” Sharma said.
Sahyadri’s doctors and paramedic teams regularly visit Fiji and perform tertiary care surgical procedures in areas of neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, orthopedics and oncology.
In last two years, Sahyadri hospital has also trained more than 50 doctors and paramedic staff from Fiji at its units spread over Maharashtra. Patients requiring complex surgical procedures and further management are flown to India and treated at Sahyadri’s units in Pune.
Yogesh Karan, Fiji high commissioner of India, said, “It is very important that two developing countries should unite and strive hard for the betterment in the healthcare industry.”
“There is a huge amount of similarity between Fiji and India. We are developing nations and we understand each others’ need. India had no infrastructure earlier but now it is developing. As per Sahyadri’s philosophy, we have extended our helping hand to Fijians and commit our fullest cooperation in developing Fijis healthcare infrastructure and serve Fijians at large”, said neuro-surgeon Charudutt Apte, chairman and founder of Sahyadri group of Hospitals.
“Our endeavour would be that within three years no Fijian would have to travel abroad for any medical treatment,” Apte said.