Renal dialysis to be introduced at State hospitals

28 Mar 2017 08:50am
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) will introduce 36 renal dialysis units at three state hospitals by July.
The hospitals are Windhoek Central Hospital, which will get 16 units, Oshakati Intermediate Hospital (12), and Rundu State Hospital (eight).
Health Minister Bernard Haufiku announced the plan during a bi-monthly media conference on Monday, saying this is the first time dialysis units will be operational at state hospitals in the country.
Renal dialysis is the process of removing waste and excess water from the blood through a dialysis machine and when a person’s kidneys have stopped working properly. A patient with kidney failure needs on average three weekly sessions of four hours on dialysis. Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure.
“This will bring a tremendous relief to our patients and their families as they will be able to get this life-saving treatment near to home,” he said.
The ministry plans to also introduce renal dialysis in Keetmanshoop, Walvis Bay and Katima Mulilo next year.