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Dialysis Centre ‘Will Boost Services’

Dialysis Centre  ‘Will Boost Services’
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar, 5th from left with garland, at the 4th Fijian Annual Nephrology Symposium on September 8, 2018. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services
September 09
12:01 2018

Some kidney dialysis patients are set to pay as low as $75 per session when the new National Kidney Research and Treatment Centre is opened.

The centre, which is undergoing fit outs, will become Fiji’s first public system chronic dialysis service.

This was highlighted by Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar during the fourth Fijian Annual Nephrology Symposium held at the Establishment Restaurant in Pacific Harbour yesterday.

The centre is being set up in Nadera, Nasinu, and another site has been identified at Nadi Hospital for a satellite unit of the national centre.

$3.5 million has been allocated to subsidise dialysis for patients in the 2018-2019 National Budget, which will assist a lot of families.

Ms Akbar said with this year’s budget the ministry would now be able to do more for Fijians by bringing the cost of dialysis down.

“We are bringing the cost down, but we will make sure that the quality of the consumables are not compromised when we offer the services,” she said.

“The need for dialysis is the reality for the Pacific and our Fijian people.”

Ms Akbar said there was a need for behavioural change and advocacy.

“We need to teach our children, by becoming good examples ourselves, on how and what to eat so that our children will follow suit,” she said.

“Let’s create a healthier society. Remember if we want our future generation to be healthier than we are now, then we need to create that environment for a healthier lifestyle now.

“The centre is the first for Fiji. It is an occasion to celebrate, but on the other side we need to be sad about the fact that we have brought it upon ourselves.

“What can give you a productive life is living and leading a healthy lifestyle.

“As medical professionals, it takes more than competency and skills to deliver the best care to the patients.

“With a compassionate and caring nature, we will be able to bring smiles and comfort in the lives of the patients who have entrusted us with their lives at some of the most difficult times they face.

“I can assure you that ministry will continue to support the development of Nephrology Services in Fiji by providing the equipment, consumables, medicines and the support needed to treat the patients.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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