Kidney patients have received a life-line after 16 dialysis machines were donated to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga hospital in Kisumu.
The teaching and referral hospital also received a water treatment plant from the Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation. Hospital administrator Juliana Otieno said this will increase the number of dialysis sessions from 230 to 822 a day.
Dr Otieno noted: â€˜â€˜Many kidney patients have been traversing the country for dialysis incurring heavy travel and medical costs.â€™â€™
The value of the KCB donation is Sh15 million.
Dialysis rids the blood of toxins and wastes when the kidneys is not functioning normally.
Kisumu deputy Governor Ruth Odinga commented the Foundation and urged other stakeholders to follow suit and help enhance accessibility to specialized medical services.
Ms Odinga said the county government was committed to ensure better maternal health care by ensuring that people get services at their door steps.
â€˜â€˜We are aiming at revolutionizing Kisumu County by ensuring that we get fully equipped motorbikes and ambulances in the rural areas to help people access medical services,â€™ she said.
The deputy Governor added they are initiating an elaborate kidney transplant plan in the referral hospital to reduce the number of patients on dialysis.
Currently the renal unit has four dialysis machines and one water treatment plant which can only serve two machines.
Statistics indicate that at least one million Kenyans suffer from kidney ailments. Once the kidneys fail, a patient must undergo dialysis at least four times a week.