No treatment for kidney patients in Malawi
By Amalawi - Sat Feb 01, 11:32 am
Blantyre, Malawi: QUEEN Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre is working without dialysis machines for over a month due to failure of the existing equipment.
Lack of working dialysis machines at QECH is putting pressure a t Kamuzu Central Hospital which is the only government hospital with dialysis machines in operation.
T he computer controlled dialysis machine is one of the most important equipment in the treatment of chronic renal patients and all those with kidney problems.
Ministry o f Health (MoH) Spokesperson Henry Chimbali acknowledged that dialysis machines at QECH broke down early this month.
“The reports we received indicate that out of the four dialysis machines, only one is working and this machine is reserved for people with other infections like hepatitis B meaning that out of the 16 patients, 12 of them will be getting the dialysis services at KCH,” Chimbali said.
He said four patients will also be getting services from Mwaiwathu Private Hospital on rotational basis and that after a month; the four will then be going to KCH exchanging with the other four who were admitted at KCH.
He said the dialysis machines at QECH have lived their lifespan. “You may wish to know that these types of machines at QECH are no longer being manufactured and it is very difficult and expensive to maintain them,” Chimbali added.