24 Feb 2005

Samoa minister says renal unit ready in three weeks

4:26 pm on 24 February 2005

The Samoan Health Minister says the country is on track to open its own renal dialysis unit in the capital, Apia, in three weeks' time.

Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, says 760 thousand US dollars of the 2.2 million US dollars Samoa spends annually on overseas treatment for its people is for kidney problems.

Mulitalo says overseas specialists have inspected progress and given their approval.

He says the opening of the 12-machine unit will coincide with a Pacific Health Ministers' meeting in Apia.

Mulitalo says the unit will be headed by a specialist from India, who will also arrive next month, along with nurses and technicians from Singapore.

"We have done everything on the electricity. Our Samoan task force were working very closely on the project and we are looking forward that the project will proceed as scheduled on the 14th of March."

Samoa's Health Minister, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui.