Non-profit body helps kid­ney pa­tients

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Epineri Vula Feed­back: [email protected]­

Anon-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion has come to the aid of kid­ney dis­ease suf­fer­ers in the North­ern Divi­sion by pay­ing for in­jec­tions.

North­ern Char­ity Al­liance (NCA) gave $2400 for in­jec­tions for 20 pa­tients at the North­ern Dial­y­sis Cen­tre in Labasa early this month. The cen­tre built near Labasa Hos­pi­tal in 2015 pro­vides Ery­thro­po­etin (EPO) in­jec­tions, which dial­y­sis pa­tients pur­chase at the cost of $28. North­ern Dial­y­sis Cen­tre Ad­min­is­tra­tor Hazeem Hussein thanked NCA on be­half of the Labasa Hos­pi­tal Board of Vis­i­tors, say­ing these pa­tients would not need to worry about pay­ing for in­jec­tions for at least three months.

“One dial­y­sis pa­tient spends $150 for one ses­sion and if they qual­ify for Gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies then they pay $75 and apart from this they get in­jec­tions,” Mr Hussein said.

“Some need in­jec­tions weekly while oth­ers on a fort­nightly ba­sis. What we found out is that some pa­tients can­not af­ford to pay for in­jec­tions and, hence, miss out.” “We are very thank­ful to NCA for pro­vid­ing timely as­sis­tance es­pe­cially dur­ing this time of the year where par­ents have to fork out money to buy ed­u­ca­tional needs for their chil­dren,” he said.

“At least now some pa­tients can save money and help their chil­dren go back to school and while oth­ers can be in a po­si­tion to get in­jec­tions for free. “We have pa­tients from as far as Tave­uni and even pro­vide treat­ment to peo­ple from Viti Levu on hol­i­day in Labasa.” Mean­while, North­ern Char­ity Al­liance Pres­i­dent Arunesh Vishwa said there was po­ten­tial to trans­form the lives of the vul­ner­a­ble, un­der­priv­i­leged, dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties and peo­ple. “Based on one of our New Year’s fo­cus, which is health, the board mem­bers de­cided to take up the ini­tia­tive to help dial­y­sis pa­tients in North,” Mr Vishwa said. “We are in­deed very happy to work with the North­ern Dial­y­sis Cen­tre in pro­vid­ing this timely as­sis­tance for the pa­tients. “NCA is car­ry­ing out fundrais­ing drive to col­lect funds and di­rect it to fo­cused ar­eas such as poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, health and en­vi­ron­ment.

“We are a non-profitable or­gan­i­sa­tion and car­ry­ing out nu­mer­ous projects to ben­e­fit the peo­ple in the North.”

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