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KNH receives dialysis machines from Egyptian embassy

13 January 2015, 10:52 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - The Egyptian Government through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development donated four Kidney dialysis machines and three Endoscopy units to Kenyatta National Hospital.

While receiving the machines the Cabinet Secretary for Health Kamau Macharia said chronic kidney disease is a key cause of death and disability worldwide with an estimated prevalence of the disorder of 8-16% worldwide with diabetes mellitus and hypertension as the main causes.

“Lack of proper renal registries within the region means there are no reliable statistics on the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the majority of African countries but it is estimated 10% of the population is affected,” Macharia said.

KNH has over the years witnessed increased cases of patients diagnosed with kidney failure which has largely been attributed to incidences of diabetes, high blood pressure and changing lifestyles.

Also read: Safaricom donates dialysis machines worth KES 3.6m

During the handing over of the machines to the hospital, the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said the Egyptian Children’s Cancer hospital will provide free medical care to ten Cancer children in Kenya. The hospital will offer professional training to cancer treatment staff in Kenyatta National Hospital,” he added.

Kenyatta National Hospital Renal unit attends to 60 patients per day and conducts 30 kidney transplants per year.

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