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National Dialysis Project, the Miracle Kenya Needed in Renal Care

Source: Daily Nation

Tuesday March 7 2017

Ms Sumaya Abdi (18), who has been on dialysis since 2015, talks to her brother Ahmedsiyat Abdi from her bed at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ms Sumaya Abdi (18), who has been on dialysis since 2015, talks to her brother Ahmedsiyat Abdi from her bed at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Six years ago, a retired engineer drowned in his own body fluids. His kidneys had failed due to hypertension and, over time, and with money hard to come by, he could not afford care in private hospitals.

The only public centre for dialysis, Kenyatta National Hospital, was a mess. In a country of 40 million people, about four million of whom have bad kidneys, there were four dialysis centres in the whole country. And the treatment must be carried out twice or thrice a week. Read More

 

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