A family that lost an 18-year-old girl to kidney failure last year, has donated a dialysis machine to Murang’a level 5 hospital.
The machine will make it possible for more renal patients to access dialysis at the facility.
The renal unit was started in 2015 by the county government with four machines and the national government then added 5 others in 2016.
George and Lucy Kihara donated one dialysis machine in partnership with Consolata Shrine fraternity to the renal unit that has now been named after their daughter Christine Wambui.
Governor Mwangi Wa Iria while receiving the machine said he was prompted to start the renal unit after he met Wambui while she was seeking medical care during the 2013 elections.
The unit, he said, has so far conducted about 16,224 free dialysis sessions and saved patients over Sh160 million.
He said a dialysis session costs Sh9,500 at Kenyatta National Hospital where patients previously had to endure the long queues, many succumbing as they waited.
He however noted that the facility has been put under a lot of strain due to the high number of patients steaming into the hospital every day.
The governor noted that about 42 patients are on chronic dialysis and attend two sessions every week while 42 others are in the waiting list.
“I am happy that with the new machines, we will be able to conduct 6 more sessions everyday,” he said.
Wa Iria also directed his health department to procure 9 more dialysis machines to expand the unit.
He further noted that the county government sponsored three nurses for a training course at Kenyatta National Hospital at a cost of Sh. 1 million per year per nurse when the unit was started and that 3 more will be trained handle the increased machines and patients.
“We want the unit to become a centre of excellence in renal services countrywide as we offer the services to Murang’a people and the neighboring counties,” he said.
He hailed the family for the donation and called out on more Kenyans to take up similar initiatives to help boost medical services in the country.
“If more of us supported the health sector in a similar manner, then we can deal a blow to the challenges facing the sector,” he added.
Father Francis Wambua, vice chairman of the Consolata Shrine said the donation will help keep alive Wambui’s dream to become a doctor.
“She spent so much time in dialysis machines it prompted her to aspire to become a nephrologist,” he said.
Wambua said the church supports the donation as it will serve as a reminder of her kindness and desire to help people.