REVEALED: ABOUT 244 PATIENTS NEED KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
Currently, they are about 244 chronic kidney patients in the country who are in need of a kidney transplant.
These patients are currently on dialysis machines, the “artificial kidney” is helping the patients with chronic renal failure to continue enjoying long and satisfying lives. They are three dialysis centres in the country which are situated at the Mbabane Government Hospital, Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital and Hlatikulu Hospital.
Only three Swazi’s have had the chance of having a kidney transplant in the past but one of them died after five years post transplant.
“The Mbabane Government Hospital is leading by having 163 patients. 100 of that are males while there are 63 females, the youngest being 16 years old. RFM Hospital follows with 49 patients while Hlatikulu have 32 of them,” the impeccable source revealed.
The source said chronic renal patients are expected to attend three times a week and in a normal situation, a patient has to pay E3 000 per session which is four hours. In the country the medical bill for the patients is being paid by government.
“The only problem is that most of the patients come to the hospital/ dialysis centres when they are at the final stage.
This stage is whereby they have to start using the artificial kidney. In Mbabane there is a great need of getting more dialysis machines. Sometimes patients are forced to sleep over at other wards so they can get help the next day,” the source noted.
Information obtained by this publication is that men are leading with the number of chronic kidney patients. This was blamed on the fact that most men do not regularly visit hospital for medical checkups so that the disease can be prevented in early stages once spotted.
There are many factors that can increase the probability of getting chron- ic kidney disease, such as, diabetes, family history of kidney disease, high blood pressure, increasing age (over 50 years), obesity, smoking, persistent headaches.
Information obtained from the internet says early detection of kidney disease is very important.
That is why one should ask his/her doctor to check whether that person should be screened for chronic kidney disease.
According to the website, when the kidneys begin to fail, there is an accumulation of water and waste products in the blood and additionally other problems occur, leading to one or more of the following symptom ‘which are swelling of hands, face, legs, and tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, decreased amount of urine, shortness of breath, and high blood pressure.
Efforts to get a comment from the ministry of health were futile as both the minister and principal secretary’s phone were not available while the director’s phone rang unanswered.