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Usamate opens new acute dialysis unit for kidney treatments

Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate officially opened the Acute Dialysis Unit located within the Intensive Care Unit at Colonial War Memorial Hospital hospital this morning. Today commemorates “World Kidney Day 2016” which the Hon. Minister Jone Usamate was officiating. The new Acute Dialysis Unit at the CWM will help treat acute […]

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March 10, 2016 12:57 pm

Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate officially opened the Acute Dialysis Unit located within the Intensive Care Unit at Colonial War Memorial Hospital hospital this morning.

Today commemorates “World Kidney Day 2016” which the Hon. Minister Jone Usamate was officiating. The new Acute Dialysis Unit at the CWM will help treat acute kidney injury in patients with serious illness.

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New equipment in the Acute Dialysis Unit in the Intensive Care Unit of CWM hospital. Source: Allison Penjueli/Newswire.

The event coincided with the commemoration of World Kidney Day with the theme ‘kidney disease and children’. The Minister Hon Jone Usamate said it is the first planned network of units at major hospitals around the country.

Kidney disease in children is rare so the key message this year is to act early to prevent it.

Every child needs to learn how to look after their body to prevent the causes of kidney disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure as they progress in life

The Minister highlighted the need for those who are already at risk to get a Kidney Health Check done because early detection is the best prevention.

Today at CWM Hospital, a booth has been set up in the Special Outpatients Department (SOPD) to provide free ‘Kidney Health Checks’ which includes checking blood pressure and urine testing for signs of kidney disease

CWM Hospital is also working with specialists from Australia and New Zealand to make Fiji a centre of excellence for kidney diseases over the next six years.

Nephrologist, at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney, Dr. Angus Ritchie said that people need to be more proactive.

Every child needs to learn about how to keep healthy and how to prevent kidney diseases. Prevention is better then cure is an old saying but is very important in combating kidney disease especially in children.

Nephrologist, Dr Angus Ritchie of the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney with Minister for Health, Hon. Jone Usamate being garlanded during the event. Source: Allison Penjueli / Newswire.
Nephrologist, Dr Angus Ritchie of the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney with Minister for Health, Hon. Jone Usamate being garlanded during the event. Source: Allison Penjueli / Newswire.

Minister Usamate said 130 kidney disease cases were recorded in 2015, he added that Kidney diseases are the fourth largest causes of deaths in Fiji.

The Health Minister will be visiting Vanuabalavu tomorrow to visit people and give moral support to villagers.

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