Project Targets and Achievements
Target set prior to departure was 40 surgical procedures.
Actual achievements were:
The gynaecology team performed a total of 61 procedures of which:
54 were major procedures.
4 moderate procedures.
3 minor procedures.
The team also reviewed approximately 150 patients in the clinic during the 2-week period, exceeding the numbers initially aimed.
It is quite pleasing to note that there were no complications in any of these procedures. This reassures the expertise of the FOFH team and the local doctors and nurses.
The medical team were small in number but huge in delivering services. They took the services to patients in districts. This resulted in working long hours in sometimes-difficult environmental conditions alongside the local experts. For the first time in Fiji the endoscopic procedures were done in the districts, much to the delight of local authorities and patients as this service is only provided at base hospitals. The team took the services to 5 district hospitals in the Western Division. They assessed and formulated comprehensive management plans for approximately 300 patients composed of generally complex medical cases. In addition to that, 89 Endoscopic, 10 Colonoscopy procedures were also carried out.
Dr Vinod Singh, Senior Physician, was also based at Lautoka Hospital to provide much needed respite, teaching and expertise with regards to complex cases. Dr Vinod Singh