THE Health Ministry says the establishment of the much-awaited dialysis centre at the Labasa Hospital is well in progress.
As part of such initiatives, several organisations are in advanced discussions on the development of dialysis treatment nationwide.
"The Health Ministry, over the past five years, has bought about major reforms to address health issues effectively and efficiently and one area the government and the ministry has progressed in is the establishment of renal dialysis services," the statement said.
"This has been made possible with the support of international partners and civil society organisations in Fiji.
"The Health Ministry has put in place cost effective haemo dialysis in local settings to be used by locals and visitors.
"Because of the high costs associated with haemo dialysis, public private partnerships provide much needed support to the Health Ministry's services offered. Dialysis centres at the CWMH and Lautoka Hospital have been set up to provide much relief to the patients.
"For the Labasa Hospital dialysis unit, it's well in advanced stages of installation. Labasa, Ba, Nadi and Lautoka are areas which are being prospected by the private sector and Ministry of Health for the unit."
Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said, "Kidney diseases are linked to the poor control of diabetes and blood pressure".
"With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, there is likely to be an increase in kidney diseases.
"As such the ministry continues to create awareness on the importance of adapting to a healthier lifestyle."