Retirement in Fiji

Frank R Eggers, Albuquerque, Nm, Usa | Friday, January 19, 2018
Colin Deoki's excellent letter of January 16 suggested that Fiji could set up a business of caring for "overseas retirees who'd like to spend their twilight years in the peace and tranquil surroundings of our magnificent islands".
This bent Give Way sign at Carnarvon St in Suva needs fixing. Picture: RAMA
This bent Give Way sign at Carnarvon St in Suva needs fixing. Picture: RAMA

Surely that would be a good idea. However, there is a serious problem which, unless corrected, would make it impossible.

After living in Fiji from 1994 to 2004, I left because of fear of the unreliable medical care available. Although I personally know of several serious medical errors in Fiji, I shall here mention only one such case, a case which is so clear that there can be absolutely no question about it.

A local friend's mother broke her upper arm in an accident.

The Lautoka hospital put a cast on her lower arm.

Her arm became swollen and she was crying all night because of the pain.

When I drove my friend and his mother to the hospital, they corrected the error by removing the cast from her lower arm and putting a cast on her upper arm.

The medical care problems in Fiji are of very long standing and will be difficult to correct. If they are corrected, then it may be possible to establish retirement communities in Fiji. These would benefit the country economically and provide employment.

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