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Safaricom donates dialysis machines worth KES 3.6m

14 February 2013, 12:12 Steve Wambugu

Safaricom Foundation has donated 2 dialysis machines worth KES 3.6 m to Nakuru Provision General Hospital to help curb the high number of Kidney problems in the county.

The Chairman of Safaricom Foundation Joseph Ogutu said many Kidney patients were having a hard time accessing the dialysis service as recommended by their doctors.

Speaking at the Nakuru PGH on Wednesday during the handing over of the two Dialysis Machines, Ogutu said it was unfortunate that many patients could not afford to pay for dialysis services saying the government needs to come up with a new strategy that will ensure that patients are able to access the service for free.

Ogutu added that the machine will offer a life line to many of Kenyans suffering from Kidney related problems.

“Safaricom has found it necessary to donate these two dialysis machines to PGH because we know they will help many Kenyans in particular those in Rift Valley,” said Ogutu.

However, the Safaricom Foundation Chairman said it was regrettable that the country did not have enough specialists to deal with kidney problems.

Ogutu observed that there was an urgent need to train more kidney specialist and renal nurses to cater for the increasing number of patients in the country.

Speaking at the same time during the handing over, Director of Medical Services Dr Francis Kimani said it was shocking that the youths are the most affected.

Kimani urged the young generation to quit their drinking habits saying most of them risk contracting life style diseases.

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