RE­VEALED: ABOUT 244 PA­TIENTS NEED KID­NEY TRANS­PLANT

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY FOR­TUNE ND­LANGA­MANDLA

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.

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.

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