World Kidney Day 2019













The Ministry of Health has set up 51 dialysis centres across the country to ensure Kenyans receive dialysis services without traversing long distances in search of these interventions.

This has increased the number of patients currently on haemodialysis by more than 10 fold, said the Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki during the celebration to mark the World Kidney Day 2019  themed “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere,” in Uasin Gishu county.

The CS also revealed that the Government has established the East Africa Kidney Institute as a center of Excellence for Kidney Diseases Management to address Human Resource gap for Renal Health.

“This Institute is already training renal specialists to support management of kidney diseases including: multidisciplinary renal preceptorship training for 170 supportive health care workers every 3 months; higher diploma in renal nursing course for 20 nurses annually; 12 nephrologist and; 5 urologists every year,” she said.

She noted that through the Kenya-Cuba governments’ partnership, the Ministry has seconded 5 nephrologists to the counties.

“These interventions continue to significantly increase our capacity as a country to respond to the increasing need for renal replacement therapy,” she observed.

She further noted that the Ministry of Health is developing policies and guidelines on kidney and organ transplant to ensure harmonization of kidney disease management and organ transplant services in the country.

She observed that there are  89 dialysis centres in Private Health Facilities and an additional 11 in Faith Based Hospitals.

She added the ministry is continuously reviewing and updating costed renal treatment packages including dialysis and transplant through the National Hospital insurance Fund and encouraged Kenyans to adopt healthy lifestyles including; healthy diets, physical exercises, having regular medical checkups, reduction of alcohol use and avoiding tobacco use which are critical in preventing Non Communicable Diseases which may result in kidney ailments.

During the occasion the CS opened a kidney and liver transplant centre at Mediheal Hospital and Fertility Centre in Eldoret and commended the Hospital  for outstanding leadership  in provision of high quality medical services not only in Kenya but across the East African Region.

Mediheal has invested heavily in access to sub specialized including 120 dialysis chairs, 20 operating theatres and 120 ICU beds among others and have already  conducted 30 transplant surgeries she said.

“The center will help reduce the outward referrals to other countries for these transplant services and also contribute to Kenya’s economy through inward medical tourism,” she noted.

The world kidney day is a joint initiative of International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) and is celebrated every year on the second Thursday in March annually throughout the world to create awareness on the importance of the kidneys to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.