KNH resumes kidney dialysis

August 16, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Renal unit has resumed normal operations after a two day breakdown of the Reversal Osmosis Equipment.

KNH Chief Public Relations Officer Simon Ithai told Capital News on Sunday that 13 renal machines were now in operation and normal services for patients resumed on Saturday evening.

"We have not procured new machines but we have hired them from a pharmaceutical company for some time before we get our own machine," Mr Ithai said.

He said that the pharmaceutical company had a similar machine to those used at KNH and this would be used until the one that belongs to the hospital was repaired.

The hospital on Friday reported that 120 patients who got for dialysis twice a week could not access treatment because of the breakdown and asked them to seek medicare.

KNH said the Reversal Osmosis equipment required spare parts to be imported from Sweden.

"We have been informed that staff at the Swedish Company which can supply are on holiday," Mr Ithai said.

"We believe that we will keep on offering services using this on-hire arrangement," he added.

The hospital which is the largest referral in East and Central Africa had also requested health care providers not to refer patients until the problem was addressed.

According to, dialysis is a procedure that is substitute for many of the normal duties of the kidneys. It can allow individuals to live productive and useful lives even though their kidneys no longer worked adequately.

Dialysis can be used for very sick patients who have suddenly but temporarily lost their kidney function, also known as acute renal failure or stable patients who have permanently lost their kidney function, also referred to as chronic kidney disease.


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