Kidney patients in Migori will no longer incur heavy costs seeking for treatment in Nairobi and elsewhere after a renal unit was opened at the local referral hospital.
Governor Okoth Obado led a team of doctors to commission a Sh.18million centre and said it would go a long way in reducing the exorbitant costs normally weighing on families of such patients.
The high class equipment to be used at the centre was sourced through the partnership of the National and County governments.
Governor Obado said the county had many helpless patients who were struggling to get treatment elsewhere who would benefit from the new centre.
Chronic kidney disease is a serious and a common condition in Migori County and requires deliberate and concerted efforts to control and manage, Obado said.
He said adverse poverty dogging the local population had prevented patients from seeking timely treatment, leading to unnecessary deaths.
Obado said the facility which has a space for up to six patients will charge a subsidized fees of Sh.9, 500 per dialysis per session.
The County Executive for Health, Dr. Iscah Oluoch urged residents to register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to enable them access health services.
To enable our patients access services on this dialysis machine and other treatments at the facility, we encourage them to register with the insurance fund, Dr. Oluoch said.
Source: Kenya News Agency