Doctors seek more dialysis funding

Dickens Wasonga @PeopleDailyKe

As the country marked World Kidney Day yesterday, some doctors proposed increased funding by the government to hospitals offering dialysis. The proposal is in line with the rising number of patients seeking the services in public health facilities.

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) chief executive Peter Okoth (pictured) said dialysis sessions are costly and beyond the reach of many Kenyans, who require the services.

Speaking to People Daily, Okoth said the facility, which is the main referral hospital in Nyanza and Western Kenya region, receives a minimum of 200 patients monthly for dialysis  services.

He said each patient requires two dialysis sessions per week and the facility handles 1,600 sessions monthly. “The sessions are intensive and the patients need to be well fed. We spend Sh9.6 million per month on this alone,’’ he said.

Okoth said most dialysis patients also require intensive care services, which are expensive. On average, a dialysis session costs about Sh9,500. Okoth reiterated the  need for increased awareness on kidney-related diseases.

“We must address other diseases such as diabetes  that  contribute to  the rising cases of kidney problems,” he said.

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