Why many Kenyans lack knowledge of kidney diseases


As Kenya marks international kidney awareness day most of Kenyans have been in the darkness on the disease and its symptoms.

According to the doctors who had visited Machakos level 5 for the awareness walk and treatment they said that the disease is prevalent in some counties than others due to prevalence of diabetes and hypertension which are leading causes of chronic kidney disease and mostly caused by lifestyle , obesity and smoking.

According to patient Francisca Mbesa who attends the Machakos level five renal unit for dialysis twice a week,the exercise is so expensive since each dialysis costs Ksh 8500 and they are two of them a week thus appreciating the Universal Healthcare that caters for the cost fully.

“Though I’m getting treated and improving, my life changed completely. As the sole breadwinner for my 3 children, can’t do heavy work, walking is too a problem and so many other challenges” Mbesa added

With the unit well equipped by the Angelica Medical Supplies and doing regular checks on the machines every 6 months , Elizabeth Mutio who is the renal plant engineer at Machakos Level Five hospital says that the whole exercise has been going well without much hiccups since all machines are in order.

“With a bed capacity of 7 patients at a go we can do upto 13 patients on a regular day since each patient takes 4 hours and we are so satisfied since our machines can do upto 70-80 percent of blood cleaning and that is a great percentage “, Teresiah Munyao a nurse in the plant said.

Teresiah said that with 2 doctors and two consultants, they are able to attend to any number of patients with the help of Angelica Medical Supplies since they have great machines and sufficient supply of medicines and required equipments.

She called upon all counties that did not receive the first trial for Universal Healthcare and people who don’t have NHIF card which covers such patients to get enrolled and access treatment

Dr Sanad of Mediheal Group of Hospitals and who is a consultant urologist and transplant specialist said that there is need for Kenyans to be made aware of these diseases related to kidney as he said they are preventable while realized early.

“Though people think that it’s easy to attend the dialysis clinics but its too expensive since one has to attend 8 of them a month with one costing at least Ksh 8500 which turns up to be so expensive and thus advice for surgery which will cost little and permanent.” Dr Sanad said.

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