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Reprieve for renal patients in Western

25 April 2012, 12:11 Oduor Omondi

Kidney patients in Western region are set to benefit from a dialysis machine valued KES. 1.9 Million donated to the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital by the KCB Foundation.

 “This investment is part of a long term programme by the KCB Foundation to ensure that all provincial general hospitals in the country have trained personnel and functional and equipped renal units”, said KCB Director and Foundation Chairperson, Mrs. Susan Omanga.

She added that the Foundation has committed a total of KES. 15 million towards equipping government hospitals across the country with dialysis machines this year.

Omanga stated that through discussions with Kenyatta National Hospital KNH where they donated three dialysis machines last year, it emerged that the main challenge for patients on dialysis is the limited access and high cost of treatment.

She further said that while the most affordable treatment is in government hospitals, only a few of them have the machines.

According to the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital Management Committee Chairman, Bob Madanji, the facility has the capacity to accommodate 12 dialysis machines but currently, out of the four available, only two are operational. The two are not functioning as they lack water treatment components.

He pointed out that the hospital is currently serving 30 regular patients and has served over 300 kidney patients since July last year.

Madanji also mentioned that with the formation of county governments, there are plans to elevate the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital to a referral and teaching hospital.

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