The opening of the Sally Mugabe Renal Training Institute at Chitungwiza Central Hospital has been hailed as a milestone in the countryâ€™s health delivery system which is set to bring relief and improve the lives of kidney patients who were paying huge amounts of money for haemodialysis at private institutions.
Renal failure patients have welcomed the opening of the Sally Mugabe Renal Training Institute saying the availability of quality renal services in Chitungwiza has brought hope to many. The patients said they had been struggling to pay huge bills at private institutions.
Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora, said the establishment of a national policy that will categorise renal failure as other chronic ailments so that patients are treated for free will assist kidney patients in a big way.
Chitungwiza Central Hospital Chief Executive, Dr Obediah Moyo took the gathering down memory lane when he narrated how he worked with the late First Lady, Cde Sally Franscesca Mugabe to fund raise for the Kidney Association of Zimbabwe.
Cde Sally Mugabe succumbed to renal failure on the 27th of January 1992.
A haemodialysis session costs between US$80 to US$120 in a government institution and a patient requires at least three sessions per week. This translates to an average of $1 200 per month at government hospitals, while at private hospitals patients fork out an average of $1 800 per month.
The Sally Mugabe Renal Training Institute consists of 8 haemodialysis machines and caters for 16 patients a day.
The renal unit is expected to commence a comprehensive training programme starting with 20 trainee renal practitioners. The hospital has also acquired state of the art chemistry analysers from China that will be used to carry out tests such as kidney function tests and full blood counts.