The KCB Foundation has donated three Dialysis Machines to the Kenyatta National Hospital’s Renal Unit even as the world marked the World Kidney Day that is commemorated annually every 10th of March.
The equipment worth Kshs 4.45 million shillings now bring to 13 the number of dialysis machines at East Africa’s largest referral hospital. However this is still below the actual demand of 25 machines needed to meet the daily patient requirements
KNH receives close to 90 patients a day but it can only handle 25 daily given that there are only 10 functional dialysis machines at the hospital. In Kenya alone there are about 8000 patients a year in the end stage of various kidney conditions and who depend on dialysis to survive.
“By adding these three equipments, we hope to ease the burden on the existing machines, reducing patients’ waiting times while greatly enhancing the capacity of the renal unit at the Kenyatta National Hospital”, said Susan Omanga the Chairman KCB Foundation.
She was speaking at the hospital during a cheque handover ceremony where she explained the KCB Foundation would also be launching a healthy lifestyle campaign for the public in the coming days.
Receiving the donation was Charles Kabetu, the Acting Chief Executive at KNH who said apart from the hospital, the only other option for patients is to travel all the way to Kericho and which has just 2 dialysis machines.
“We are grateful for this donation that will improve our patient capacity from the current 25 to 33 a day thus reducing the agony patients have to go through as they seek treatment”, said Kabetu adding that 1 dialysis session takes about 4 hours with each patient needing 3 sessions per week each costing Ksh 4, 500.
KNH in collaboration with surgeons from the Hospital de Barcelona, Spain has been carrying out kidney transplants on four patients at the Hospital since March 7 2011 through the INTERLIFE programme sponsored by Novartis Pharma.
“The joint programme started in 2009 has so far seen 35 successful transplants being undertaken at KNH with an aim of improving the Kidney transplant system in the country”, said Kabetu.
The donation emanates from the Friends of KCB initiative that was launched in 2010 that seeks to identify partners whose key strength is within the five thematic areas that the KCB Foundation supports.
These include Environment, Enterprise Development, Health, Humanitarian Aid and Education. “This initiative is under our Health support theme that will see us spend up to Kshs 9 million in helping to improve the quality and access of healthcare services in the country, said Omanga.
In addition to the KNH renal unit sponsorship KCB Foundation will also partner with Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital to run medical camps for adults and children from needy communities in 2011.
This is in addition to a partnership with the Mater Hospital to undertake cardiac surgery and screening camps that will identify and treat children with heart problems, alongside the ongoing support of the Ahadi Trust to eradicate jigger infestation in villages across the country.
The KCB Foundation provides assistance in all the 5 countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Southern Sudan where KCB has operations. This year KCB Foundation will spend Ksh 120 million in community support initiatives.