Kidney clinic opens

American Samoa’s LBJ Hospital has opened a chronic kidney disease clinic as it tries to reduce the high rate of the disease and diabetes in the territory.

The hospital’s chief executive, Faumuina John Faumuina, said they had asked the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to survey the extent of kidney disease and make recommendations.

Mr Faumuina said they had said not to worry about those already needing dialysis but to concentrate on those who were just starting to suffer from kidney disease.

He said the staff involved in the clinic, such as nutritionists, pharmacists, doctors and nurses, were volunteering their time to tend to patients.

He was optimistic the clinic would help slow down the fast spread of diabetes and kidney disease in American Samoa.

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