Kericho County residents to get dialysis equipment


KERICHO, Kenya, April 9 – Patients from Kericho County will no longer have to travel long distances to get dialysis services after the Ministry of Health and County government complete works on a renal dialysis center, as set out in the Managed Equipment Service (MES) project.
Residents are already enjoying specialized health services with the installation of ultra sound and mammography units at the Kericho County Hospital. The Sigowet Sub County Hospital has also been earmarked for an equipment upgrade.
Speaking during a site visit at the Kericho County Hospital on Saturday, Health Principal Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri stated that the government was committed to saving lives and lifting the financial burden that comes with healthcare.
“The Medical Equipment Project was about saving lives; it was about saving money. It was about how health workers interact with the world and how they work,” explained the PS on Citizen TV.
About 10,000 Kenyans require dialysis services each year but only 1,000 patients are able to access them.
Traditionally, those who sought the services in public hospitals had to go to various referral hospitals such as the Kenyatta National Hospital or meet the high costs that would be demanded at private institutions.
“One way of getting poor in this country is to get kidney failure because the average cost in the private sector is between Ksh8,000 and Ksh10,000,” he said.
“You need two sessions in a week which is basically Ksh20,000. You will therefore need Ksh80,000, in your pocket, each month to stay alive.”
Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony hailed the National Government for its support saying that his residents had to seek the crucial services in Eldoret or Nairobi.
The County’s leadership has already set up a dialysis center at Kapkatet.
“They are now able to get diagnosis here. Efficiency has also increased because all the equipment is digital compared to what we used to have,” he said.
Through the MES project, two hospitals in each County will acquire different sets of medical equipment, as the government moves to bring services closer home.
The Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, National Spinal Injury Hospital and the Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital will also benefit.
So far, 53 hospitals have received surgical sets for basic and specialized surgeries; radiology equipment in 52 hospitals have been set up and 28 hospitals have received theatre equipment.
Further, the installation of renal equipment in 14 hospitals has been completed and two hospitals have received ICU equipment.
Nine hospitals have been fully equipped. They include the Machakos Level Five, Homa Bay Level Five Hospital, Kilifi Level Four Hospital, Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru, Gucha Level Four Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Voi Level Five Hospital, Kiambu Level Four and Maragwa Level Four.