Kidney transplants promoted for Samoa


The delegation from the Apollo Hospital in India with Samoa Health Officials

By Rula Su’a – Vaai

APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 28 MAY 2018: A kidney transplant surgeon specialist from Apollo Hospital in India, Dr. Vijaya Rajakumari is calling on the public that being an organ donor is a beautiful option rather than being stuck on a machine three times a day.

Dr. Rajakumari is on a mission to Samoa, with the Apollo Hospital Vice President, Dr. Harinder Singh Sidhu and Cancer Specialist, Dr. Kausik Bhattachara to develop a partnership with the Ministry of Health.

The primary objective of the partnership is to share the know-how and expertise through building the capacity through training of local doctors.

Dr. Rajakumari compares dialysis treatment to that of a washing machine washing out dirt that has accumulated in the body for a week.

“Overall, after the treatment, they are still sick and very unhealthy.”

Dr. Rajakumari insists the best option is to donate one of your kidneys to a loved one already on dialysis treatment.

“It is OK to donate a kidney and live normally. The kidney is a beautiful organ and God made two kidneys because he wanted one to be donated,” she said.

A normal functioning kidney is enough for one to live a normal life.

Kidney Specialist, Dr. D. Vijaya Rajakumari 

Donating human organs in Samoa is rare, but the group from Apollo have a long vision for Samoa.

“We would like to see Samoa as the capital of all transplant operations where its Pacific neighbours comes to for future transplant operations.”

Dr. Rajakumari major concern is the young age of kidney patients now under treatment.

There 109 patients currently being treated 12 hours a day at the National Health Foundation at Moto’otua. Their ages vary from 25 to 85 years.

“The productive age group is there, stuck on the machines, when they should be working and living productive lives,” she said.

The group has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health, and is also looking at the equipment available with the view of having major operations in the future.