ILYAS Yaseen has a dream to make dialysis treatment available to villagers in the Western Division.
The Suva-born Australian resident made the announcement at the handover of $320,000 worth of dialysis equipment to the Lautoka Hospital last Saturday.
Mr Yaseen, a technician at the dialysis unit at the Royal Northshore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. has extensive experience and knowledge of dialysis equipment and installation.
"We visited Fiji in 2011 and met Dr Simione Voceduadua, consultant physician at the Lautoka Hospital, and he advised us that there was a real need," he said.
Mr Yaseen, together with his partner Valerie Palmer, got involved with the Rotary Clubs of Beecroft and Woywoy in Australia to assist in purchasing and shipping five dialysis units to the country.
In acknowledging receipt of the equipment and training provided by Australian health care officials, Dr Voceduadua said previously, patients with serious kidney issues had no other recourse.
"Your gift will save lives," he said.
Lautoka Hospital medical superintendent Dr Luisa Cikamatana Rauto said the dialysis treatment would initially be offered to patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
"We will make announcements when this treatment will be made available to outpatients and rural areas," she said.