Samoa's new renal dialysis unit has been opened at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Memorial Hospital in Apia, although it won't acutally start operating until the beginning of next month.
The unit has twelve machines and has been set up jointly with the National Kidney Foundation in Singapore.
The Chief Executive Officer at the Health Ministry, Palanitina Toelupe, says they will first concentrate on treating the four patients that have been receiving treatment in New Zealand and the money saved will go towards running the unit:
"A lot it too is going to operate on a Singapore concept where we generate the funds from charity organisations and the people themselves, at the same time it will be done with very strong prevention programmes so that we are keeping them from the machines, not on the machines."
The Chief Executive Officer at the Health Ministry, Palanitina Toelupe.