By Irene Mativo
Mbagathi County Hospital Hospital is now offering kidney dialysis following a newly fixed renal centre at a cost of sh 50million.
This after the county has benefitted from the Sh2.3 billion kidney dialysis project funded by the government under the Managed Equipment Services in the whole country.
This came at a time as we marked the World kidney Day where in Kenya close to four million people suffer from kidney diseases.
Speaking in Mbagathi,Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said that the initiative have been funded through a partnership with the National Government and the devolved unit under the Managed Equipment Services initiative.
The project is in line with theefforts put to ease congestion at the Kenyatta National Hospital
So far six dialysis machines have started operating at the hospital serving 72 patients a day with the service currently being offered free of charge.
“On Wednesday, the county government health department held a successful trial in all the six dialysis machines fitted at the Mbagathi County Hospital.Each of the six dialysis machines at Mbagathi Hospital has a capacity to dialyze 10 patients during the day and six patients at night -night sessions will begin later,”said Mr Sonko.
The County Level four hospital is also set to perform the first kidney transplant this week with five beneficiaries having been identified and will be treated for free.
Among those who will benefit from the transplant include,Jeremiah Mwaura, a 16-year-old Form Two student at Kabete High School and Naomi Wambui, mother of two from Kiambu County
“I’m so glad that the Governor has decided to help us. I want to thank him for his generosity and kind heart. I’m now optimistic that my dream of becoming an engineer will come into reality,” said Mwaura.
Mr Sonko said they are in the process of installing eight dialysis machines at Mama Lucy County Hospital.
“We want to ensure that we have a functioning health care sector,” said Sonko.