renal machine.jpgRenal patients in Chitungwiza are set to benefit from the renal unit at the major referral centre, which is expected to start operating within the next two weeks, as engineers from Morocco are making final touches to the installation of the equipment.

 

The haemodyalisis machines at Chitungwiza hospital, which for the past five years have been lying idle, have finally been installed.

 

This is a major a development which will assist patients with renal failure who are travelling to Harare and Parirenyatwa Hospitals for treatment.

 

The Chief Executive Officer of Chitungwiza Central Hospital, Dr Obediah Moyo, says the water treatment plant which is specifically used in the haemodyalisis process has been installed.

 

He added that the training of nurses and doctors is currently underway, ahead of the opening of the unit in a fortnight.

 

‘”We have been working flat out to ensure that the machines are installed and hopefully within the next two weeks our unit will be working to help the hundreds of renal patients who cannot afford to pay for the service.

 

“We have engineers from Morocco who have installed the water treatment plant for use in the process,” said Dr Moyo.

 

Over the years, accessing the machines has been a nightmare, while paying for the service was an even bigger headache.

 

 Presently, a single dialysis session costs US$80 at a public hospital while at private institutions the session costs $160.

 

Patients are required to go for at least two sessions per week, meaning that those with kidney problems need to fork out between $160 and $320  weekly for the rest of their lives or until they get an organ donor.

 

Centre for health strategy founder and director, Dr David Parirenyatwa, says like the trend worldwide, there is need for government to heavily subsidise the sector as many lives are lost due to the prohibitive costs of the treatment.

Renal failure is when one or both kidneys stop functioning and the patient has to go through an artificial process called haemodialysis to remove toxic body wastes such as urine and free water, from the blood.

If the waste is not removed the patient dies.