MARSHALLS GET KIDNEY HEMODIALYSIS EQUIPMENT

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New service could reduce travel for treatment

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Pacific Islands Report, Sept. 2, 2010) – Traveling to Guam, Honolulu or the mainland U.S. for medical treatment will soon be a thing of the past for Marshall Islands kidney patients in need of Hemodialysis.

According to the Marshall Islands Journal, a new Hemodialysis treatment center is near at hand in Majuro.

The Journal reports that a delegation of seven medical experts from Taiwan’s Department of Health visited from August 28 to September 1 on a health related mission.

The report states that the Superintendent of Taipei’s Department of Health and her delegation were to meet with the Marshall Island’s Ministry of Health and attend two opening ceremonies for a Collaborative Training Workshop and a new Hemodialysis Center.

A previous Radio Australia interview with a spokesman of the Hawaii-based Marshall Islands group Pa Emman Kabjere indicated that he is aware of 47 Marshallese dialysis patients.

Over the years there have been a growing number of Marshallese and Micronesian migrants travelling to the U.S. mainland, particularly Hawai’i for dialysis treatments and other various health reasons.

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