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Rotary club gives dialysis machines to hospital

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, September 16, 2013

DIALYSIS treatment will now become available for patients at the Lautoka Hospital following a donation of new equipment by the Beecroft Rotary of Sydney.

The launch of haemodialysis equipment yesterday will supplement five other machines that are based out of the hospital.

Hospital services deputy secretary Dr Metuisela Tuicakau said managing and treating these complications were a crisis of its own with a demand on resources.

"These resources included skilled people, equipment, drugs and consumables and bed availability for inpatients care," he said in a statement.

"As Fiji embraces the concept of wellness in prevention of non-communicable diseases, we must not forget that we already have hundreds of patients out there acquiring complications such as strokes, eye complications and renal failures among others.

Dr Tuicakau thanked the Rotary Club of Sydney for understanding the Fiji situation and actioning the need to have dialysis machines at the hospital.

The machines will be placed in the Intensive Care Unit for in-patients with acute renal complications where the machine plays a crucial role in reversing the course of the disease.

Dr Tuicakau reminded hospital staff members to take ownership of the equipment and ensure proper guidelines were followed.