Chronic Kidney disease is among the top ten causes of death in Fiji.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services – Rosy Akbar, during the “4th Fijian Annual Nephrology Symposium” – held in Pacific Harbour over the weekend.
She said about 600 Fijians develop complete kidney failure, or ‘end stage’ kidney disease, every year.
Currently there are about 120 to 150 patients on dialysis treatment, in the six centers nationwide despite the cost related to accessing treatment.
Akbar said for the first time, an allocation of 3 point 5million dollars has been allocated towards subsidizing dialysis for patients, in the 2018-2019 National budget.
She added – the Government is deeply concerned about Dialysis Treatment, as it realizes most people are unable to afford $250 per session treatment, that totals $40,000 per year, if dialysis is done three times a week.
Akbar said the National Kidney Research and Treatment Center, is undergoing fit outs and will become Fiji’s first public system “chronic dialysis service”, and depending on household income, patients will be able to access treatment, for as low as $75 per session.