Labasa tops ear, nose, throat help needs
Ateam of local medical staff is part of the Cathay General Hospital Medical mobile team in Labasa this week to conduct Ear-Nose-Throat consultations and surgeries.
The highly specialised Taiwan team conducted consultations yesterday and are expected to be carrying out operations today.
Team leader Taiwan’s Cathay General Hospital (ENT) Dr Su-Yi Hsu said although there was no record on the number of those with nasal problems nationally she can confirm that following the last field trip to Labasa has recorded the highest.
“There is no official data to show how many people in Fiji have nasal problems, in our last visit we found that a lot of patients in Labasa have throat diseases, nasal problems like chronic rhino sinusitis
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that need further treatment and surgery,” Dr Hsu said. “They have nasal polyps or suffer from nasal obstruction and since there are no ENT doctors in Fiji, our help is more beneficial to the people of Labasa,” she said.
Dr Hsu is accompanied by Dr Wan-Husan and two Taiwanese nurses.
The Taiwan Cathay General Hospital mobile team has been coming to Fiji since 2014.
Since then seven mobile medical teams comprising of 54 medical staff have visited hospitals here and have examined about 2500 patients.
Patients with conditions including Ear/Nose/Throat and have Thyroid goiter problems are urged to contact the surgical unit at the Labasa Hospital for an appointment.
The team will be at the CWM Hospital in Suva next week on Monday. Seven teams with over 54 medical staff examined around 2,500 patients in Kadavu, Rakiraki, Ba, Tavua, Lautoka, Sigatoka, Korolevu , Lomaiwai, Cuvu, Labasa, Nabouwalu, Savusavu, Seaqaqa, Labasa, Nabouwalu, Savusavu and have examined and treated more than 600 students of Marist Brothers High School and Yat –Sen Primary school in Suva.
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Taiwan Cathay General Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat team Dr Su-Yi Hsu (third from left) and team at the Nadi International Airport on November 13, 2017. Photo:
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