Republic Of China (Taiwan) donates US$167,000 to NIA to purchase hemodialysis machines

Nevis has taken another step forward in its efforts to control chronic kidney disease following a donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan).

On Tuesday resident Taiwanese Ambassador His Excellency Tom Lee, handed over a US$167,000 cheque, to Premier, Hon. Mark Brantley.

The cheque will go towards the purchase of hemodialysis machines and other pieces of equipment.

Ambassador Lee said the goal is to provide treatment on Nevis so patients would not have to travel to St. Kitts.

Mr. Brantley thanked the government of Taiwan for its continued attention to the partnership forged with St. Kitts and Nevis 35 years ago.

He underscored the significance of addressing renal failure, an illness which is of major concern

He said “non-communicable diseases continue to be a major threat to our healthcare system not only in terms of morbidity and the tragedy that it causes, but also the cost that it causes for so many families.

The three-year medical and public health project which began in April of 2017, is the first of its kind to be introduced and implemented by the Republic of China (Taiwan) since establishing diplomatic relations with the federation.

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