THE long wait for the establishment of a new dialysis facility at the Labasa Hospital is now over.
A new centre was officially opened to members of the public on Monday.
This has been possible through the co-operation between the Narayan families who are former Labasa residents now living in Australia and the committee of the Vodafone Friendly North Festival.
In opening the centre, family representative Subashni Narayan said they were glad to be of service to the numerous people in the North who could not access such treatments in Viti Levu because of financial constraints.
Ms Narayan said the project was possible through the contribution of her family members, including two of her brothers who were also part of the event.
"Our late father was also a diabetic patient and we only wished that he was here with us today to witness this occasion," she said.
"I thank the carnival committee and the Ministry of Health for hopping on board and making this project accessible to people out there."
Elder brother Alick Narayan said the cost of the two dialysis machines stood at $36,000 each while transportation and other costs were shouldered by the Vodafone Friendly North Carnival committee totaling about $100,000.
"This is a good example of how we at the community level can work together for the good of our own people," said Mr Narayan.