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West Kidney Patients To Save $600 On Dialysis Treatment

People needing kidney dialysis save $600 now that they need to pay only $150 for a treatment at the new Lautoka centre. Patients were charged an exorbitant $750 per dialysis
15 Jun 2017 11:00
West Kidney Patients To Save $600 On Dialysis Treatment

People needing kidney dialysis save $600 now that they need to pay only $150 for a treatment at the new Lautoka centre.

Patients were charged an exorbitant $750 per dialysis in the past at any centre around Fiji.

The new centre, Island Dialysis Centre, is due to open later this month.

The centre which will be run by Dr Malani of Suva has already received some bookings.

A former Suva resident, Rajesh Prasad, who now lives in Canada, is the man behind the new centre with equipment worth over $300,000 ready to begin dialysis treatment.

While dropping the charges, Mr Prasad will be leading a fundraising campaign to help those who cannot afford the dialysis.

He said he had set up in Lautoka because Suva already has a dialysis centre running.

He found the cost of dialysis in Fiji very high and wanted to help the people, especially those who could not afford it.

Mr Prasad had already undergone dialysis treatment in Canada and said it was fortunate for people in such countries where they do not have to pay for their treatment.

“I want to help those in the west,” Mr Prasad said.

“It had taken me 10 years to set up the centre and now it is nearly ready,” he said.

He confirmed that the centre will be open Monday, June 26.

The centre can cater for 10 patients a day with a three day week treatment.

Five machines were donated by the Vancouver General Hospital while 12 more were bought by Mr Prasad.

He said seven machines were being kept on standby.

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