FIVE dialysis machines worth $241,713 were commissioned by deputy secretary hospital services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau at the Lautoka Hospital yesterday.
The machines, given by the Rotary Club of Lautoka, will be used in the private and outpatient wards for backup and for the purpose of spare parts as well. He said the machines were given with six months supply of consumables.
"The ministry, in it's strive for providing better health services, has been providing financial assistance to some of our patients with renal failures after it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kidney Foundation of Fiji in Suva early in the year," he said.
"Most recently, we have also signed a memorandum of agreement with Zens Medical Clinic of Nadi. We need to make sure now that our patients receive the maximum benefit from these hemodialysis machines.
"There will be two machines activated today — one for the intensive care unit for our patients with acute renal complications where the machine can play a crucial role in reversing the disease course and the other one for our friends visiting our shores who may wish to hook up to a dialysis machine while enjoying the Fijian hospitality."
Rotary Club Lautoka secretary Rick Eyre said while the machines were running perfectly and would add a new dimension to the country's health services, more time was needed to settle medical professionals with the right training.
Training will be provided by the Royal North Shore Hospital and Sydney Dialysis Centre.