Estimated One Million Kenyans Suffering From Kidney Ailment

Kenyan government has released Kidney ailment statistics in the country which indicated that an estimated one million people suffer from kidney ailments, 600,000 of whom being the youths. With the higher number of Kidney ailment in the country, Kenya also suffers from acute shortage of kidney specialists with one nephrologist catering for one million people. According to Medical Services minister Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o there is urgent need to train more kidney specialists to cater for the increasing number of patients in the country.

Prof Nyong’o said that the present ratio of one specialist to one million people was inadequate to sustain the current medical needs of people with kidney ailments.Speaking during the commemoration of the World Kidney Day at Kenyatta National Hospital, the minister said the number of people suffering from kidney ailments in the country has reached over one million and counting due to improvement in screening and diagnosis of the disease. Prof Nyongo said the country requires at least 10 or 20 nephrologists for every one million people in order to realize Vision 2030 adding that the government recognises the crucial role played by human resources in delivery of health services and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Currently it costs about Sh13,000 for the recommended three sessions of dialysis per week for a single patient. Kenyan’s referral Hospital Kenyatta National Hospital cater for about 150 patients suffering from kidney failure who need dialysis services monthly a figure which is way to below comparing with the higher number of Kidney ailment in the country. KNH Director ,Dr. Jotham Micheni, said that the youth account for 60 percent of those suffering from renal ailments and were in dire in need of dialysis at the facility. “Currently the hospital has 13 dialysis machines working to capacity at the hospital and about 35 patients have to undergo for dialysis daily to help improve their condition,” he added.

Muchemi further noted that the hospital has procured modern dialysis machines and enhanced training capacity by continuously training nephrologists and renal nurses in order to meet the demand for dialysis services. It costs over Sh.2 millions to have a kidney transplant the amount, which most Kenyan citizens cannot raise.

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