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Access to dialysis treatment for people suffering from kidney failure could increase due to a pending decision by St Lucia’s Prime Minister.

According to a statement from the office of the Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has indicated that due to the pressing need for Dialysis services here, the Government is hoping to open the Dialysis Unit at the new European Union-Owen King Hospital Medical Complex ahead of the official handing over of the hospital.

The Prime Minister made this recommendation to a team of health professionals who made the presentation to Cabinet on Monday, September 19, 2016. At the session the Health team brought Cabinet ministers up to speed on the status of the transition from Victoria Hospital to the new Medical Complex at Millennium Heights.

The Prime Minister highlighted the growing waiting list of Dialysis patients, pointing to a need for health officials and Cabinet to examine ways of continuing Dialysis treatment at the Victoria Hospital, in order to compliment and strengthen service delivery at the new Hospital. A total of twelve new dialysis chairs are expected to arrive here in November. The Government will also implement a targeted amnesty for the benefit of Dialysis patients who have accumulated high fees.

This will come into effect in the next few weeks. Dialysis is a process of removing waste and excess water from the blood and is used primarily as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function.
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