Northland COVID-19 Patient Support Fund

Posted on: 28/08/20

Dean Reihana is 71 years old and lives alone in a council’s pensioner unit in Kawakawa. He has been on dialysis treatment for five years now. He is one of the patients who was granted financial assistance from the COVID-19 Patient Support Fund.

Dean goes for dialysis treatment every other day at the hospital from 6:30am to 12:30pm. “After lying down flat for five and a half hours, I often get very dizzy and need a rest when I get home. It takes a while for the blood to get back into the system. The aches and pains really go through one’s body and mind,” Dean says.

He is “very happy and grateful” for the assistance he received for the power bill payment from the Patient Support Fund.

“It is a big help to me!” he says. “The concrete building that my one-bedroom unit is in is very cold and I need heating to keep the unit warm.”