Patil: Heart diseases in Fiji more severe
HEART diseases among Fijians are severe compared with people in India, says a cardiac anaesthetist.
Dr Nitin Patil, who returned to India on Tuesday night after being in the country for about two weeks with a team of cardiac specialists, said the disease in the artery was more severe in Fijians.
He was brought to the country by Sahyadri Specialty Pacific Hospital Ltd (SSPHL) Fiji and the cardiac team performed 11 open heart surgeries at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
“It was my first trip to Fiji and from what I gathered, heart diseases here is very severe. The disease in the artery is more severe here than what we see in India,” he said.
“An early diagnosis and treatment with lifestyle management are what should be looked at to deal with heart diseases.
“The patients need services to take care of the disease. While the hospital is well-equipped, I believe human resources need to be looked into to upgrade cardiac services.”
Dr Patil, who is a cardiac anaesthetist for adults and children, has worked in Mauritius, Singapore, Middle East and in various cities in India.
He also worked as a professor in anaesthesia at Manipal University in Bengaluru in India.
“People with heart problems should take less fatty food, do regular exercise, avoid smoking and taking carbonated drinks,” he said.
“In fact, parents should not give their children carbonated drinks because it causes diabetes, which in turn is a major cause for heart diseases.
“I understand Fiji is a country that has one of the highest cases of diabetes in the world, thus there being severe heart diseases in some people.”
Dr Patil said some heart diseases could be managed if the necessary medicine was made available to patients.
He said there was a lot of new generation medicine now which should be made available to patients to manage their heart diseases.
“I also believe that ongoing training and upgrading of knowledge of local doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff should be done. There should be hands on training.
“Also, I believe that the resources of the visiting team should be fully utilised by the medical students like it’s done in other places in the world,” said Dr Patil.