DIALYSIS treatment for renal patients will be made more accessible for those who cannot afford the procedure, thanks to the philanthropic spirit of a group of business people in the West.
The Krishna Community of Hope, an organisation comprising business leaders, got together and decided to fund some patient's dialysis treatment at the Western Division Dialysis Centre in Nadi for the next three months.
Krishna Community of Hope trustee Prem Chand said they were established to assist the less fortunate and had plans to foot the bill for renal patients from Sigatoka to Rakiraki.
Mr Chand stressed the group was not religious in nature.
"We have five trustees and we formed this group two months ago to support renal failure patients in the Western Division.
"I am a frequent visitor to the Zen Medical Centre and I have seen many people die from renal failure and die without help.
"We wanted to give some of the patients at the dialysis centre a chance to survive and be able to get enough strength to help themselves."
Mr Chand said the group would fund two sessions per week for each patient they identified for assistance.
"For starters, patients needing dialysis would go for tubing and we will help them pay for two sessions per week and that would cost us about $550 per week.
This means $2200 will be spent for each patient per month and this will run for three months.
"We want to help them in the initial three months and during this time we will encourage them to search for more help for their treatment.
"From there we move to other patients to give them that first stage of help.
"Our initial target, we want to help at least three patients every month."