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KES 40M kidney dialysis centre established in Nyeri

19 March 2015, 12:43 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The Nyeri County government has established a comprehensive renal and dialysis centre at Nyeri Referral Hospital at a cost of KES 40 million.

Speaking during the opening of the centre, Governor Nderitu Gachagua said it will be offering services at a low cost of KES 5, 500 per session of dialysis unlike in other hospitals which charge KES 10, 000.

“Cases of patients requiring renal and dialysis services stand at an average of 60 patients per year based on the past five years.  The services are only available at Kenyatta National Hospital. Majority of these cases are from Central Kenya owing to its high burden in non-communicable diseases that easily complicate into end stage renal failure,” said Gachagua.

He expressed optimism that the project will improve the quality of life for renal patients and offer a sigh of relief financially.

Also read: Safaricom donates dialysis machines worth KES 3.6m

He said patients who contribute to the National Hospital Insurance fund (NHIF) will not be charged.

The centre has10 dialysis machines that can serve 36 patients in a week.

Governor Gachagua explained that plans are underway to make the centre handle 135 patients a week after increasing the number of machines to 20 and personnel who will be working for 24 hours.

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