Digital X-Ray Machines to hasten health diagnosis

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Suva, Fiji, January 27, 2021

Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama viewing the latest X-Ray machine at a Health Centre in Suva (Facebook)

Fijians will now have access to state-of-the art digital x-ray machines when visiting any healthcare facility for medical treatment around the country.

Launching the facility, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said that Health Ministry is rolling out 22 new portable digital x-ray machines in health facilities across Fiji, including in some of the most remote rural and maritime pockets of the country.

Fast and reliable

“The single greatest advantage of these new machines is the rate at which they operate. We’re cutting a 20-minute traditional x-ray process down to about five seconds. The digital X-ray process is not only faster, but it also delivers better care,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said that the images captures can be quickly and securely shared across Fiji’s national healthcare network.

“This is critical for the diagnosis of certain conditions. It creates an accurate digital record that informs better treatment, anywhere in Fiji that treatment is sought. Rather than limiting the availability of this technology to hospitals only in the urban centres, these digital machines will reach every division in the country. Every Fijian deserves access to the best possible medical treatment and equipment we can afford to provide. That is not only my opinion but also the mandate of the Fijian Constitution,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Donation from Bred Bank

In other news, Mr Bainimarama received a donation of $112,500 from Bred Bank (Fiji) for the Prime Minister’s Tropical Cyclone Yasa Relief Fund to assist the government’s relief and rehabilitation efforts for communities affected by the Cyclone.

Presenting the cheque BRED Bank Chief Executive Thierry Charras-Gillot said that the donation is cumulative funds from the parent bank, Bred Banque Populaire in France and BRED Bank Fiji.

Mr Bainimarama has said that the donation by Bred Bank would assist Fijian families affected by the Cyclone.

“We are aware of the financial need to rebuild damaged homes, schools and infrastructure and we extend this support to the government especially during these difficult times when we are also battling the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Mr Charras-Gillot said.

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