Labasa tops ear, nose, throat help needs

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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.

We will go with our ban­ners, flags to show our sup­port towards the vic­tim. We will be at the court house to lis­ten to the hear­ing

Karalaini Tavi

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:

SHRATIKA NAIDU North Ed­i­tor M: (679) 9998733 Email: shratikan@fi­

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