Labasa Doc­tor Aims to Help His Home­town

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ALabasa man has re­turned to his roots to pur­sue his dream in serv­ing the peo­ple of Labasa through a med­i­cal clinic. Grow­ing up in Vu­nicuicui, a cane farm­ing com­mu­nity, out­side Labasa Town, Doc­tor Ati­nesh Prakash had al­ways en­vi­sioned hav­ing his own clinic. The 31-year-old’s dream came true a month ago af­ter he opened the ‘Prakash Med­i­cal and Well­ness Clinic’, much to his de­light and that of his fam­ily mem­bers.

“I joined Dr John Fa­ti­aki’s med­i­cal clinic for the past four years to ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like to op­er­ate pri­vately,” Dr Prakash said. “We had in­vested a lot to put up this clinic and it is a mile­stone achieve­ment for me and my fam­ily.” Dr Prakash said this was his bid to give back to his home­town and he wanted to of­fer them the best of his ser­vices. “My clinic is open ev­ery day of the week and a few hours on Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days,” he said. “One of the things that I am do­ing dif­fer­ently is home vis­its. If some­one is old or very sick and is not able to come to the clinic, then I can visit them at their homes.

“I will also be op­er­at­ing af­ter my work­ing hours so if an in­di­vid­ual needs con­sul­ta­tion af­ter work­ing hours then I am avail­able to of­fer them my ser­vices.

“I re­alise the need to at­tend to ur­gent health is­sues and I will do my best to at­tend to peo­ple’s needs,” he said.

In an ear­lier in­ter­view with the As­sis­tant Health Min­is­ter Veena Bhat­na­gar, she said pri­vate med­i­cal clin­ics were al­ways wel­comed. Ms Bhat­na­gar said pri­vate clin­ics helped ease the load from ma­jor hos­pi­tals.

Dr Prakash’s clinic is lo­cated along Sangam Av­enue in Labasa Town.

Photo: Josaia Ralago Dr Ati­nesh Prakash, flanked by his fi­ancé Angy­lyn Dayal (left), and mother Shakuntla Devi (right), at Prakash Med­i­cal and Well­ness Clinic in Labasa yes­ter­day.

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