KIAMBU, Kenya, Apr 8 – Over the years, many kidney patients in Kenya could not afford or even access dialysis machines, which left them prone to the cruel hand of death. The available government machines at Kenyatta National Hospital were not only inadequate but kept breaking down leaving patients at risk.
However the involvement of the Kiambu County Government, Kidney Research Kenya and the University of Toledo from the US to construct a renal centre in the county could breathe a sigh of relief to residents who have endured long queues and inadequate care at the only referral hospital in Nairobi.
The partnership with the Toledo Medical University looks at providing kidney transplantation, dialysis, training and epidemiology as well as reverse transplant tourism.
The Sh140 million renal centre in Ruiru will have 20 dialysis units worth.
Kenyatta University will provide consumables worth Sh1 million per year while providing human resource and the centre designs.
Speaking at a 3-day symposium on Kidney and renal health, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo said that the partnership couldn’t have come at a better time, saying that currently the number of patients flying to India for transplant and other renal services was too high.
“If we can have these treated here in Kenya, it will save us a lot of time and costs. This renal centre comes to save the situation that has been characterised by inadequate treatment and services,” he asserted.
Kabogo was quick to note that it was a major drawback for patients that spent a fortune to go for further treatment to India yet there was no follow up or regular checks by the Indian hospital hence they end up succumbing to the disease.
“Government needs to create awareness on the cons of the trips to India and inform Kenyans that we have such services here that are cheaper and safe and probably instil confidence in them,” he added.
Kabogo said that it was time Kenyans believed in Kenyan doctors.