29 Jul 2008

Fiji dialysis facility allows expat kidney patients to return

3:31 pm on 29 July 2008

The opening of a dialysis centre in Fiji earlier this year has meant kidney patients living overseas can now visit their families.

The centre in Suva is equipped with seven machines; five working full time with two on standby, plus a mobile machine that can be taken to intensive care.

A board member of the local Kidney Foundation, Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau, says many people have not been able to visit home for years

"We've had quite a number of people return who have not been able to come back because of dialysis treatment and they are Fijians living overseas. So we've been very pleased that they've been able to come home and utilized our dialysis centre and enjoy their time at home with loved ones as well."

Mrs Rounds Ganilau says the treatment costs about 166 US dollars per session and the foundation is working to make it as affordable as they can.