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Government has acquired 14 dialysis machines under the $100 million Chinese loan in a development expected to ease treatment of kidney patients.

In a speech read on his behalf during the launch of the Kidney Association of Zimbabwe in Harare on Friday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the machines would be distributed to all the country’s 10 provinces.

“All the provincial hospitals will be having a dialysis machine that will cater for renal patients and as we speak right now, distribution of the machines is under way”, said Dr Parirenyatwa.

He said the acquisition of dialysis machines was expected to bring relief to patients.

“As Government we have taken the initiative to make hemodialysis accessible to all. Prior to the development the country had only one centre in our public institutions which is Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Now we have other four public institutions that offer the process such as Harare Hospital, Mpilo Hospital, Chitungwiza Central Hospital and Gweru General Hospital,” he said.

Dr Parirenyatwa said there were 30 patients on dialysis in public health institutions.

He said patients use dialysis machines three times a week which translate to between $600- $900, which is beyond the reach of many.

“As Government we have assisted more than 10 people to go overseas for kidney transplant.”

Kidney Association of Zimbabwe Trust Chairman Mr Lysias Sibanda said there was need to have specialists in kidney treatment in the country.

“Currently, Zimbabwe only has less than five Nephrologists (specialists in kidney treatment) so there is need to motivate for the availability of skills in the field,” said Mr Sibanda.

Source : The Herald