KIDNEY transplants could be performed in Fiji as early as next year.
Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said his ministry was looking at implementing laws that would allow the medical procedure to be conducted at major local hospitals.
"We are now in the advanced stages of formulating laws or in the process of stakeholder assessments to look at the laws on transplant and I am hopeful that very shortly, it will be implemented and once that is done, we will be able to conduct kidney transplant surgeries in the country like we have for open heart surgeries," Dr Sharma said.
"We hope to have these new laws implemented by as early as next year."
He said this would save time and money for both government and patients.
He added that dialysis treatment offered by government was closely monitored.
"For those that need special care, especially in the case of dialysis, government is also providing this service to the public but there are very strict procedures that need to be adhered to.
"We cannot provide chronic dialysis treatment continuously for patients.
"We only provide the service over a period of three months and patients need to make up their minds whether they need a transplant."
He said at this stage, patients would not need to travel overseas for the transplant once the new law was in place.