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Gov’t heeds to kidney patients’ plea, makes dialysis kits available

The government of Cameroon through the Minister of public health has delivered a consignment of dialysis kits to haemodialysis centres…

The government of Cameroon through the Minister of public health has delivered a consignment of dialysis kits to haemodialysis centres nationwide.

The provision of the kits comes weeks after some fifty patients in Yaounde went amok over the lack of kits which hindered the treatment of patients suffering from kidney complications.

While handing over the kits to officials of the Yaounde Referral Hospital on July 26, the Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda said the government of Cameroon will henceforth ensure a regular supply of the kits so patients can have dialysis when required.

The rest of the kits have been distributed to different Centres nationwide. Reports say one thousand kits were sent to the Haemodialysis Centre in Bamenda which treats patients from the West, Northwest and South West Regions of Cameroon.

The Director of the Hospital Dr. Thompson Njie said the present consignment of dialysis kits will be used to treat patients whose cases are severe while more supply will come in the next two months.

For his part, the head of Garoua Haemodialysis Centre Dr. Protest Fongwazi Nkeng, said during the period of crisis, the situation was managed though two patients died. The Garoua Haemodialysis Centre was created in 2009 and provides dialysis treatment to patients from Far North, North, Adamawa Regions, and sometimes from neighbouring Chad.

 

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