Plan to set up dialysis centre

A WORLD-CLASS dialysis centre is in the process of being set up in Fiji.

This was the message relayed in a statement by the Indian Health Services (IHS) yesterday.

The BLK Super Speciality Hospital will also provide similar medical services to the people of Tuvalu including other neighbouring islands.

The hospital, however, is still in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Health in Tuvalu to strengthen the ties between the two countries.

BLK’s hospital director Dr Mradul Kaushik said doctors from the hospital visited Fiji and Tuvalu on a regular basis to provide special consultations.

“Our eminent doctors visit Tuvalu and Fiji on a regular basis to provide super speciality consultations through various outpatient departments and other outreach programs,” Dr Kaushik said.

“A large number of patients from these countries also visit India to avail medical services.”

“Last year, we had treated more than 100 patients from Fiji for various ailments like renal transplant, liver transplant, spinal deformities and cardiac surgery and various other surgical treatments.”

Meanwhile, Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga visited India recently and met top medical experts of BLK Hospital.

Dr Kaushik said the team was delighted to welcome the prime minister during his visit.

“Under the proposed agreement, apart from providing the best medical care, we will also provide training assistance to doctors, nurses and paramedic staff with the aim to strengthen their knowledge and skill base,” he said.