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New gifts for Lautoka dialysis centre

The Reddy Group of Companies and Tanoa Hotels have come to the aid of the Sugar City Dialysis Centre to provide more comfort for its patients. The company provided two
28 Mar 2018 10:29
New gifts for Lautoka dialysis centre
Sugar City Dialysis Centre manager Sislia Cagialau (third from left), recieves the donation from staff members of the Reddy Group of Companies.

The Reddy Group of Companies and Tanoa Hotels have come to the aid of the Sugar City Dialysis Centre to provide more comfort for its patients.

The company provided two air conditioning units and two 49-inch flat television screens worth over $5000.

The donation came about after a plea went out to businesses to assist and Reddy Group of Companies director finance and properties, Giyanand Naidu, decided to see what the centre offered.

“One day I came and spoke to the centre’s manager, Sisilia Cagialau, on what was needed,” he said.

“I saw how patients came and underwent dialysis for four hours three times a week, but there was nothing available to make them feel comfortable and relax, especially with the humid weather.”

Mr Naidu said he felt for the patients who paid $200 per dialysis.

“Before patients had to travel to Suva and apart from travelling and accommodation costs, they paid high fees for dialysis treatment,” he said.

“At this centre the price is low and assisting Fijians who are not well off is one of the many reasons why I approached the Reddy Group of Companies chairman, Yenkat Permal Reddy (YP Reddy), and he did not hesitate to assist.”

Mr Naidu said the company was happy to assist the centre because the items would make the place more comfortable for those undergoing dialysis treatment.

Ms Cagialau said they were indebted and grateful to the company for the donation.

“The Reddy Group of Companies is the first of all companies in Fiji to assist the centre,” she said.

“We do not get much from the treatment as our price for dialysis is low.”

The centre was set up by a Canadian resident, Rajesh Prasad, who arranged for the free donation of the dialysis machines from Canada.

Mr Prasad, a kidney transplant patient, set up the centre with the main aim to help the less fortunate who needed dialysis.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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