Good news for Fijians with any form of kidney diseases or relatives of those suffering from this disease as the National Kidney Centre in Nadera was opened today.
While opening the new dialysis centre, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says this centre will provide dialysis treatment to approximately 40 patients a week with 180 dialysis sessions.
Bainimarama says the treatment will also be directly subsidized by the government to ensure that it is available for all Fijians
Bainimarama says Fijians suffer from non-communicable diseases like diabetes at an unacceptable rate and that is one of the main reasons why the centre is in such high demand.
Health Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete says those Fijians who are earning $30,000 and below on an annual basis will receive a government subsidy of $75 per session which is half the cost.
Doctor Waqainabete says those that earn more than $30,000 will have to pay the full $150.
He says for those that have significant kidney disease, referrals are made to the nephrologist who screens them and sees them in the clinic.