ORGAN transplants including kidney will begin at the CWM Hospital in July or August once the new operating theatres that are being constructed are completed.
Professor Manu Munibhargav from the Sahyadri Group of Hospitals in India, who is in the country with a team of orthopedic, heart and neuro specialists, said organ transplants would not only assist locals in need of the treatment but also drive medical tourism for the country.
"We have a plan to begin organ, and in particular kidney, transplants and we hope that in July or August when new operation theatres are completed at the CWM Hospital we will begin performing these transplants there," he said.
"This will be the first of its kind in the South Pacific excluding Australia and New Zealand."
Prof Munibhargav said one of the key attractions for patients in need of transplants that were on long waiting lists in their respective countries would be the cost. "The price structure designed by the Ministry of Health, is almost one quarter or one fifth of the price in developed countries like Australia and New Zealand."
Patients from Australia and New Zealand also enquire about the operational information.