Speech by Fiji’s Minister for Health

Excerpts from the speech by Fiji’s Minister for Health on the Occasion of the Gift of Life Celebration Function

Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar
Minister for Health and Medical services

“On behalf of the Government of Fiji, I would like to convey the greatest appreciation to Sai Prema Foundation for providing the much needed surgical care for these children. It is my sincere hope that the Foundation will continue to develop and prosper in its endeavours to provide the gift of life to many more children and families who need the assistance”.

“The Sai Prema Foundation generously facilitated the visit of a 10 member team from the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in Raipur India. 25 children had free congenital heart disease surgeries. That meant families saved more than $1.3 million dollars. The lives of these children and their families have changed for the better. For these children to be given the surgical treatment that they needed to live productive and fulfilling lives is truly awe-inspiring. And it is humbling to know that there are so many individuals who have given generously of their time and skills to saving lives, to providing the gift of life to those of our children who are in need of surgery”.

“To make a worthy program such as this a reality, requires a dedicated team. As such I would like to humbly thank the founding members and Board of Trustees. The success of the Sai Prema Foundation and Gift of Life, have been made possible through the commitment and dedication of these leaders who have gone out of their way to offer their service for a noble cause. Every time these children smile, it is a wonderful reflection of your commitment to serve for the greater good of humankind, to save lives, to restore peace and happiness in the lives of those who need you. You are the champions of these children, you are their heroes, they will always remember you and, I have no doubt, aspire to be like you, to reach out and help others”.

“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will provide all its support to continue developing and to take its success to greater heights”.