Sarada Medical Centre

The Sarada Medical Centre was opened on the 2nd of July 2012 and is situated in Nadi town


The Ramakrishna Mission, Fiji had two years of successful outreach medical services through its volunteer medical personnel.  Approximately 3,000 patients have been provided free consultancy and medicines through 33 medical camps in villages and settlements following the massive floods in 2009 and 2012 in and around Nadi.

Seeing the high levels of poverty in the areas visited, the Ramakrishna Mission realized it had  reached a stage where there was a  need to create fixed point service as an alternative option for poor and deprived communities. Thus the Ramakrishna Mission converted its Ashram into a  non-profit primary day-care centre to primarily serve the poorest people in the local communities.


Ramakrishna Mission’s Philosophy of Service

Swami Vivekananda declared, “… the poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted – let these be your God. Know that service to these alone is the highest religion. God is present in every Jiva (man); there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva, serves God indeed. This is the gist of all worship – to be pure and to do good to others.” All services of the Ramakrishna Mission are undertaken in the spirit of worship of the living God in man. 

Sarada Medical Centre Goals

–      Improved Quality of Life of the needy and the general population, poverty improvement and relief in lives of the people.

–      Improved access and affordability.

–      Satisfaction of Specialist – reviews through one level up care by SMC Telemedicine project. Improve medical care management for continuity of service and expert second opinion with patients’ case management.

–      To develop Team of local staff and overseas Specialty volunteer Consultants and operate full range of Telemedicine service exchanges.

–      Wider community and population served and outreach.

–      Well-developed links and networks and technology use for health monitoring.

–      Incorporating alternative healing methods and improved mental Health {mind & body} eg. Meditation through the new Ramakrishna Mission Fiji “Meditation” Complex under construction.

–      Improved support to Ramakrishna Mission Fiji.

The Ramakrishna Mission Fiji is a key provider in Educational, Technical training and to the spiritual lives of the Fiji citizens. In partnership with the Health Ministry, other charitable organisations and stakeholders has entered its commitment for a high quality patient care and health management. Its planned progress are through fundamental principles for service to mankind with the following three considerations:

–      Considerations for the changing health needs of the patients & Communities.

–      Considerations for good team and well applied manpower.

–      Considerations for better facilities & technology use.

All guided as per the Ramakrishna creed / ideal that is the practical “Worship of God in man” coming to us as the sick and suffering.

Services (Primary Day Care Centre)

The Sarada Medical centre is a general medical practice providing basic health care. The primary day care centre currently employs one full- time Doctor, a nurse, receptionist and an attendant and has also received visits from Doctors from overseas, who have provided their services free of charge to the Centre during their visits.  The Centre facilities consist of a  waiting area, general practice offices and nursing and management space.

Patients are not charged any consultancy fees but a nominal registration fee of $5 per patient is charged. Additional nominal charges apply for other services such as an ECG, injections or dressings.  Laboratory services for blood tests are provided once a week through Van Med Laboratories, Lautoka at a significantly lower cost than usual. To aid patients in the cost of buying medication, arrangements have been made with several local pharmacies in the community to provide medications at a special lowered rate for patients of Sarada Medical Centre.  Very poor patients are provided medicine free of charge by the Centre.

To date, Sarada Medical Centre has seen over 10,000 patients.  The centre also continues to provide to the remote populations and the poorer communities its outreach medical services and major relief efforts during disasters.


As of March,2014 with the assistance from AusAID, a well-equipped telemedicine unit has been setup at SMC as the country faces the challenge to reach out to the needy in the population. The equipment has been supplied and installed by Telemedicine Australia Ltd. Suitable for both online and store-forward methods of tele-consultancy, some of the equipment at SMC are Hi Care Devices for video conferencing, 12 Lead ECG, HBA1C tester, INR tester, Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (with Bluetooth), Ophthalmoscope, Spirometer, Electronic, Stethoscope, Thermometer (with Bluetooth) General Examination camera, Dermascope,  etc. Biochemistry and haematology analysers.

For information about Telemedicine and Telemedicine services at Sarada Medical Centre please see Telemedicine section.

Management and Administration

With support from devotees, well-wishers and charitable organizations, Ramakrishna Mission will provide infrastructure, facilities and administration support and run the Centre on a non-profit basis.


Ramakrishna Mission Mobile Medical Services

The Practical Vedanta preached by Swami Vivekananda enjoins us to serve, in the spirit of worship, the “Living God in man”, especially the poor, needy, and distressed.

Following two medical camps after the January 2009 floods, the Ramakrishna Mission Mobile Medical Services was started when the M L Pala Trust donated a medical van to the Mission.  From 2009 to 2012 this fully charitable medical service conducted 33 medical clinics in remote settlements and villages and attended to more than 3000 patients in Nadi, Ba and Tavua .

The medical camps were conducted in remote villages on weekends; bi-weekly or tri-weekly. Volunteer doctors, dispensary staff, devotees and well-wishers joined Ramakrishna Mission staff in the camps. The camps were generally held in schools or community center’s with the help of the local people.

All medicines and consultancy was provided free of charge. Medicines were acquired either through donations from pharmacies or purchased from the “Ramakrishna Mission Mobile Medical Fund.” Proper records were documented for every patient.

Seeing the high levels of poverty in the areas visited, the Ramakrishna Mission realized it had reached a stage where the need to create fixed point service as an alternative option for poor and deprived communities. In response it converted its Ashrama to a medical day care centre and the Sarada Medical Centre was opened in July 2012.

After a break whilst establishing the Sarada Medical Centre, Ramakrishna Mobile Medical services resumed on the 13th of July 2013.


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