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no responses were forthcoming.
He said the only thing hamper-
ing the project right now was
the assignment of the leases.
In an interview on Friday, the
director said, "What this project
brings to the country, apart from
benefitting the patients who
require dialysis..it is bringing to
the country best practice in
terms of protocol, in terms of
standards, and procedures.
"Fresenius is ISO certified.
"We are going to raise the bar
and have an ISO certified insti-
tution delivering quality health
care but also transferring a lot
of technology, training of nursing
staff, and really trying to raise
the bar in terms of standards of
He said $6,982,057.56 had
been spent to support the proj-
ect. Offices were opened, a con-
sultant from Fresenius was hired,
designs were completed and
approved by the NCRHA and
"Everything was put in place
for construction to begin.
"In the contract, there s a pro-
vision where the lease can be
"Our financier is Ansa Mer-
chant Bank and they are giving
us the money with our own col-
He said, however, because
they were taking a loan from the
bank to build the building the
bank has to be assigned the
The problem now is that they
are not being granted permission
to assign the lease to the bank.
He said, "So many people are
suffering and dying and this is
a project that will bring relief to
so many citizens and their fam-
He said it will cost about $100
million for construction of the
two centres. He said gross rev-
enues would be $100 million a
year over a ten-year period.
"It will pay for several services.
There will not be a dialysis centre
alone but a laboratory, pharmacy,
operating theatre, imaging serv-
ice, vascular access, so it s not
just a centre where the patient
comes to be dialysed.
"Every cost will be paid for."
Centres are monitored
Khan dismissed any notion
that private dialysis centres were
operating without regulations
and not following standards.
He said it was "completely
erroneous" and claimed people
were trying their best to create
a problem or a situation.
He said, "I think it is com-
pletely erroneous because what
I believe is happening is that the
people who want to...who got
contracts one day or two days---
this was a week before the elec-
tions in May 2010---they are try-
ing their best to create a problem
or a situation."
Bad talking other dialysis cen-
tres will not help, he said.
He said the centres were func-
tioning well and a full analysis
of the area was carried out.
"The centres are monitored
by the ministry and I am in the
process of getting people to do
on-the-spot checks at these
"It s not to say we were allow-
ing it to go carte blanche."
"We are enforcing standards.
That is a total fabrication and is
meant to deceive and make the
ministry look bad," he said.
He said he was hoping that
the Health Services Accreditation
Authority Bill will be passed in
the Parliament with a special
majority to give more teeth.
He said people who wished
to establish centres would have
to apply and be checked by the
ministry to make sure they
adhered to proper procedures
He said hundreds of patients
received dialysis. The cost was
roughly $1,000, but he said some
people charge $1,500 and that
was the going rate.
He said to see a decrease in
the need for dialysis he was try-
ing to push healthy lifestyles and
eating habits in young people.
He said the reason why there
was a need for dialysis was that
people were living longer and
getting older and that they did
not take care of their illnesses
like diabetes and hypertension.
New centre aims
to 'raise bar' on
T&T Regiment Master Chef Shazad "Sweet Hand" Khan, left, receives a medal
from President Anthony Carmona SC, during the T&T Cadet Force annual
inspection parade at Fatima College Grounds, Mucurapo Road, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
MEDAL FOR SWEET HAND
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