ZIMBABWE – Kidney patients in Zimbabwe will benefit from a US$15 000 haemodialysis machine which has been donated to Gwanda Provincial Hospital by Stanbic Bank.
The dialysis machine will assist patients with kidney problems as well as those who suffer from hypertension, diabetes, mellitus, HIV, and malaria, among others.
The gesture by the financial institution followed a request for assistance by the health institution which is facing a number of operational challenges.
“Last year we were approached by authorities at Gwanda Hospital and they informed us of the need for a haemodialysis machine,” said Stanbic Bank, head of brand and marketing, Palmer Mugavha, during the handover ceremony at the hospital.
The kidney is a critical organ in the body as it removes waste products and drugs from the body, balances the body’s fluids as well as releases hormones that regulate blood pressure.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been recognized as a leading public health problem worldwide. The global estimated prevalence of CKD is 13.4% (11.7-15.1%), and patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) needing renal replacement therapy is estimated between 4.902 and 7.083 million.
“The Gwanda Provincial Hospital renal unit currently serves patients from Insiza district, and others that come from as far as Beitbridge. In the same vein, we now have resident specialists in gynaecology and orthopaedics, which reduces dependency on central hospitals,” Ms Latiso Dlamini, Provincial Development Co-ordinator, said.
She also added that the hospital is the curative hub in the capital of Matabeleland South, hence the need for the community and corporates to appreciate how the hospital functions. The hospital executive is striving to improve quality of care by employing the Kaizen philosophy, and in turn everyone, in our small capacities, needs to support the hospital.
“We understand that installation and testing took place last week. When one’s kidneys are damaged, waste products and fluids can build in one’s body causing swelling in ankles, nausea, among others,” Mugavha said, adding that similar donations will be made to other district hospitals next year.
In an unrelated matter, Dlamini said the rate of accidents in Gwanda district was worrying at a time when the hospital was poorly equipped to handle such cases.
“For those looking into how to partner and assist the hospital, there is still need to have a proper casualty or accident and emergency care infrastructure. There are frequent road accidents that occur on the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Highway,” she said.