31 Oct 2017

Samoa health officials point to soaring dialysis numbers

From , 4:03 pm on 31 October 2017

Health officials in Samoa say a huge increase in the numbers undergoing dialysis treatment is alarming and should be a wake up call for the country.

The manager of the Ministry of Renal Services, Christina Poliai, says since dialysis began in Samoa in 2005 the numbers have soared.

Don Wiseman asked Ms Poliai just how bad the situation is.

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A needle is inserted for dialysis. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson