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17-year-old girl receives KES 0.6M for Kidney transplant

07 March 2014, 13:31 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Difinah Kerubo,17, a kidney patient at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) got a financial reprieve in her long struggle to fight the disease when she received a KES 600 000 cheque for kidney transplant operation from East Africa Glassware Mart (EAGM) company.

Kerubo expressed her gratitude to the donor company noting that her needy family has been struggling to raise funds in an effort to meet heavy medical expenses.

Although she regretted that the kidney failure disease has impacted negatively to her education and social life she expressed optimism that she will get back to normal life after the operation.

The EAGM Head of Consumer Goods, Zulfikar Mohamed said that had to honor the company's promise it made to KNH to support  kidney patients from the sale of its luminarc tableware products after the launch of 2013 CSR campaign to fight kidney failure.

"This donation of KES 600,000 is to meet the promise we made to Kenyatta National Hospital in fighting kidney diseases despite failing to make the targeted profit from the sale of our tableware goods to finance the launched 2013 EAGM's CSR campaign," said Mohamed.

Mohamed noted that his late brother having been a victim of kidney failure, he felt touched to help needy patients suffering from the same disease get adequate medical care and live a healthy, normal life.

ARC International Sales and Marketing Africa's Vice President, Jean-Yves Grand thanked luminarc tableware consumers for purchasing EAGM's goods to raise foods to help needy kidney patients.

"The idea behind this initiative was based on the acknowledgement that kidney disease among children is a threat not only to them but also to future generations," noted Grand.

"We are proud to announce today that Difinah will be able to live a healthy and normal life soon after she undergoes the kidney transplant operation this year," he added.

He cited that the World Health Organization reported in 2013 that kidney disease is a major non-communicable killer disease globally hence EAGM's top priority initiative to fight it. He added that locally research shows that 1 million Kenyans suffer from the disease with children especially between ages of 10 to 25 making up 30% of the patients.

"Children with kidney disease are particularly disadvantaged because it is not advisable to place them on dialysis. Kidney transplant operations are usually the best option for these children but huge medical costs hinder the sustainable management and treatment of kidney disease," stated Grand.

He lauded KNH for their instrumental support in enhancing the EAGM's CSR campaign to the end. He assured that the company will continue to support the kidney disease campaign urging consumers to go on with buying the company's tableware goods in order to raise more funds towards the initiative.

KNH Special Programmes Senior Assistant Director, Dr. Henderson Irimu noted the hospital's Renal Unit, the kidney disease department receives about 350 patients at certain times seeking treatment but lack adequate funds.

"Kidney transplant costs KES 500,000 excluding other expenses such as medicine which many patients can't afford despite the Renal Unit having enough specialists," said Irimu.

He lauded EAGM for its donation and urged other well-wisher companies to follow suit in an effort to fight kidney-related diseases.    

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