Renal unit a big relief to Kidney patients

The establishment of a Renal Unit at Nanyuki Teaching and Referral hospital has been a big relief to patients with Kidney problems in the county.

Speaking on Thursday during County’s World Kidney Day celebrations at the hospital, Dr. Muturi Muguyi, a nephrologist at the unit said the establishment of the Unit five years ago has brought services nearer to the patients.

Before establishment of the Renal Unit patients from Laikipia were travelling all the way to Nairobi twice a week for treatment and dialysis which was very expensive and risky as some lost their lives on the way.

He advised patients to ensure they visit hospitals for screening of the conditions of their Kidneys frequently stressing it was better by far to prevent kidney problems than to manage them.

He urged those taking drugs to manage diabetes and blood pressure to ensure they follow doctor’s prescriptions.

Those taking diabetic and blood pressure drugs must ensure they adhere to doctor’s advice and never ignore clinics for follow up. Failing to take such drugs will lead to their conditions worsening which in the long run can lead to kidney problems, the Doctor advised.

Muguyi also warned against usage of drugs from chemists without doctor’s prescription especially pain killers for such drugs end up affecting kidneys.

Chemist staffs are not doctors and they may not know the ailment. It is recommended that one first visits a doctor who will direct on what types of drugs to take, he added.

Muguyi noted that they currently have 10 staff members at the renal unit serving 17 regular patients from Laikipia, Nyeri and Meru counties, adding that lately they also received a patient from Wajir County.

The Nephrologist observed that the World Kidney day was set to increase awareness of kidney problems and the need for early diagnosis, treatment and follow ups.

Source: Kenya News Agency