A multi-million shilling Renal Dialysis Unit has today been commissioned at the Kajiado County Referral Hospital to make the hospital the first public hospital to offer the costly service.

A Renal Dialysis according to medical terms is a machine that will be used to help patients with advanced kidney failure and the machine helps to removal of excess water, solutes and toxins from the blood in a person whose kidneys have lost the ability to perform these functions in a natural way.

The Dialysis process is usually a very costly process in private hospitals and it goes for about 10,000 Kenya shillings a session in a private hospital.

The acquisition of the machine at the hospital as it will come as a welcome relief especially such that it will be offered free of charge to patients who will be on a NHIF card holders.

Dialysis is used as a temporary measure in either acute kidney injury or in those awaiting Kidney and as a permanent measure in those for whom a transplant is not indicated or not possible.

The Kajiado County Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and His Deputy Martin Moshisho presided over the function at the Kajiado referral hospital.

“You don’t have to go to Machakos or Nairobi for the function and we also plan to install the same machines at Loitoktok and Ngong hospital” Lenku said.

One Dialysis machine according to retail website Alibaba.com costs about 1 million Kenya shillings

Story: Caesar Musungu

Photos:Kajiado County Press

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