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Famagusta kidney patients say conditions so bad will seek treatment in the north

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Famagusta kidney patients said they would seek dialysis treatment in the north because the local hospital could not cater to their needs and the equipment was old.

Around 45 patients who need regular dialysis said they would seek treatment in a Turkish Cypriot hospital in Famagusta, which has more available beds and was staffed with specialists.

Chairman of the group Giorgos Kezos has written a letter to the head of the government health services organisation accusing them of mockery and leaving the patients no other choice.

While the Turkish Cypriot hospital has 15 available beds for dialysis patients, the Famagusta hospital at Paralimni has seven beds and three chairs, Kezos said.

To top it off, some of the equipment used was old, sent from the Nicosia general hospital, he added.

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