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Allocation For Machines Will Cut Cost of Treatment

Allocation For Machines Will Cut Cost of Treatment
Doctor Amrish Krishnan.
June 30
13:09 2018

The 2018-2019 National Budget allocation for machines and subsidising treatment is delightful news for the many who suffer from kidney failure in Fiji.

This is according to the only active nephrologist in the country Dr Amrish Krishnan.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun from Japan, Dr Krishnan said it had been a challenge providing treatment at the current price of $250 per session.

“But despite that, I have been committed to providing free treatment to children, as we do for a 14-year-old boy,” he said.

Dr Krishnan added that the allocations would be utilised via the National Kidney Research and Treatment Centre, which was a large capital project.

“Its operations will commence out of a rented office in the next few weeks, while we relook at possible land for the new building,” he said.

“We had some setbacks in the previously allocated location.”

I would like to encourage my patients with these bible verses: Psalms 121: 1-2: I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

“I strongly believe that through hard work, determination, vision, and the grace of God, many great things can be achieved for our beloved country.”

Dr Krishnan is in Japan visiting a dialysis machine manufacturing factory.

National budget for Kidney dialysis.

The Government had allocated $2.0 million to make four dialysis machines available at a facility in Suva and three more available in Nadi.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while announcing the 2018-2019 National Budget on Thursday night, said the dialysis machines would provide dialysis treatment at $150 per session to the public.

He added that it would drive down prices generally for treatment in Fiji, and that’s going to save lives.

And for Fijians with an annual household below $30,000, Government will subsidise half the cost of treatments with an allocation of $3.5 million at the new standalone Government kidney centres in Suva and Nadi and the centre run by the board of visitors in Labasa.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also highlighted that other facilities could be included in this subsidy scheme if they were approved by the Ministry of Health as long as the cost of the dialysis treatment is $150 or below. Edited by Percy Kean

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