A minimum of 12 dialysis machines needed – CEO of KATH

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The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region needs a minimum of twelve functioning dialysis machines.

The premier teaching and referral health facility has only two functioning dialysis machines, making saving more lives very difficult.

This was revealed by the Chief Executive Officer of KATH , Prof Otchere Addai-Mensah, on Ghanakoma morning show on Akoma 87.9fm in Kumasi with Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin.

He stated that the two functioning machines are only used for patients with critical conditions.

He added that the two Dialysis machines are working at fault.

“A 1,200-bed health facility of the caliber of KATH which is centered in the heart of Ghana should have a minimum of 12 dialysis machines to cater for the ever-increasing kidney disease, Prof Addai_ Mensah said.

“The two dialysis machines are woefully inadequate to provide dialysis assistance, to hundreds of patients who patronize the facility, and an additional 12 machines will help to save more lives”, he said.

On the prevention and treatment of kidney disease, he advised the public to resort to regular health checkups to prevent any future risks.

“Most kidney diseases are reported late, some at the late stage where little could be done. To prevent this, one’s heart, liver, and kidney must be checked at least every six months to their statuses for precautionary measures to be adopted,” he advised.

He called for public support to confront challenges facing the hospital.

According to him, the hospital has not seen any major renovation since its establishment in 1954.

He said the hospital may be closed if the Current challenges are not addressed in the next 3 or 4 years times.


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