Fiji, a leading provider of dialysis treatment: Waqainabete

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqaibete and Assistant Minister for Environment and Rural Development Viam Pillay making their way into Parliament yesterday, June 17, 2019. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJIAN PARLIAMENT

DIALYSIS patients in Viti Levu want the new dialysis treatment centres in Nadi and Suva to be operational as soon as possible, says Opposition MP Ro Filipe Tuisawau.

“A lot of those have been suffering from kidney ailments have expressed the need for these two centres to be operational as soon as possible,” he told Parliament last week.

“I know that the Health Minister is working on it, but I think it is not fast enough.”

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said while services were being improved in the area, Fiji was already a leading provider of dialysis treatment in the Pacific.

“With those who have chronic third stage renal disease where the kidney do not function anymore, the options for Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) is either kidney dialysis or Haemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and I have talked about this over here in our last parliamentary sitting saying that we both have it within the Ministry of Health facilities including transplant,” Dr Waqainabete said.

He said the decrease in the funding was because of the purchase of consumables at the building of the Suva Dialysis Centre in Nadera, Nasinu.

“The equipment has yet to arrive in the country, but I heard that the equipment may be arriving within the next month or two.

“The consumable come through our normal Fiji Pharmaceutical Procurement.”

He said an increase in the Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services budget was the result of the purchasing of consumables for dialysis treatment.

“The Nadi one is going to be based out of a Grade 4 Quarters right beside Nadi Hospital.”

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