EXECUTIVE committee members of the Festival of the Friendly North have given the thumbs up for the construction of a dialysis centre at the Labasa Divisional Hospital.
Committee president Hazeem Hussein said yesterday members agreed to the proposed project.
The decision was made after considering the cost of sending kidney patients to Suva for treatment.
"We conducted a study where all relevant areas for the construction of the centre were discussed and the committee members approved it," Mr Hussein said.
"The initial allocation for the project is around $200,000 and we are liaising with the Ministry of Health as to when the project should be undertaken.
"We are aware of how patients have to incur high expenses to travel to Suva for medical treatment at the kidney dialysis centre and now it will be a relief for them since we will have our very own centre right here in Labasa."
The festival committee has worked on community projects over the past years.
These include the construction of the new Wainikoro mortuary, a children's park in Labasa and the new gym.
Meanwhile, the Vodafone-sponsored festival will start in the northern town on Saturday.