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KNH Children’s kidney transplant campaign boosted

07 November 2013, 10:30 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Due to rising cases of kidney failure among children, various business stakeholders have partnered with Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in raising funds from the sale of their selected items to support the kidney transplant campaign.

Dr. Hunson Irimu, the KNH Special Programmes Senior Assistant Director, said the hospital’s partnership with the East Africa Glassware Mart (EAGM), the ARC international, and Nakumatt Supermarket to offer financial aid for the campaign dubbed “Illuminating Hearts” would bring back smiles to affected young children. 

“KNH admits a total of over 2000 patients a day, approximately 78% including those suffering from heart failure that need much support because the majority engages in low paying informal business activities,” said Dr. Irimu.

“KNH as an established referral hospital, the newly launched Renal Unit has immense potential to impact the entire region. We therefore encourage other corporate to emulate EAGM, and ARC by partnering with us to increase our ability to adequately respond to the great need for paediatric kidney operations and transplants,” he added.

Irimu said the first paediatric kidney transplant at the hospital was carried out early this year and is currently calling for attention towards the prevention, early diagnosis, treatment of kidney disease, and the need for kidney transplant patient support.

Alex Njuguna, the EAGM Consumer Goods Marketing Manager, said the campaigns funds will be raised from the company’s selected glassware utensils such as Luminarc Ascot, Luminarc Libsonne and Luminarc Sterling only available at Nakumatt supermarket. He stated that a total of KES 85 deducted from the sale of each set of the Luminarc items sold by Nakumatt, EAGM and ARC international will be donated towards the children’s kidney campaign.

“As we draw near the festive gift giving season, we encourage shoppers to partner with us by purchasing the EAGM gifts that will keep on promoting from 6th November 2013 to 6th January 2014 in supporting children suffering from kidney problems,” said Njuguna.

Dr. Antony Were, the KNH Departmental Head of Renal Unit said kidney disease is emerging as a major health problem with costs of renal replacement therapy exceedingly high making the services inaccessible for many patients in the country.

Dr. Were said an estimated 10,000 Kenyans develop chronic kidney disease annually and a significant number of them require kidney transplant thus only 10% get access to specialized health care. He added of the 10%, about 350 patients  are registered at KNH’s renal unit at any one time for dialysis, and about 40 others access the services at the Hospital’s Private Wing.

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