A DIALYSIS Centre has been opened for the Hart Adventist Hospital at Ahinsan in Kumasi to support the health facility in fighting kidney diseases in the country.
The centre so far has in place three dialysis machines and yet awaiting seven others from Cedi Investment, in California, United States through the benevolent networking of the Chaplain of Valley View University, Pastor P. O. Mensah and President of the South Central Ghana Conference (SCGC) of the Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Kwabena Annor Boafo.
Already, there are four dialysis centres in the Ashanti Region which have been catering for patients with kidney infection in the region and beyond.
The four centres which are relatively inadequate in the area of acute management of kidney infections, have been serving the people in the northern sector of the country, comprising five regions: Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that by the year 2020, one in every six persons will be diagnosed of kidney infection.
Problematic data collection
Speaking in interview after opening of the centre, the Medical Director of the Hart Adventist Hospital, Dr Kwadwo Gyebi Agyenim Boateng said the hospital deemed it a privilege to have the centre in managing acute kidney diseases.
He observed many have been infected with diabetes and that once the incidence of diabetes increased, kidney troubles would also increase.
He however, expressed worry that the health community in the country could not produce data on kidney infection cases due to low access to healthcare by patients with kidney diseases.
On that score, he called on the Ghana Kidney Association (GKA) to work closely with facilities that have dialysis centres and other stakeholders in health to help solve the problem of difficulty in data collection on kidney cases.
He also called on the GKA to monitor and regulate facilities with dialysis centres to ensure enough professionalism in the fight against kidney diseases.
Grant from foreign donors
Dr Agyenim Boateng called for collaboration of the GKA with health facilities to attract grant from foreign donors to support Ghana health community in the fight against kidney diseases.
The President of Cedi Investment Group Incorporated in California, US, Mr Stephen Kwadwo Ababio said his office assessed the need for the dialysis machines for the centre upon request from the Hart hospital.
He said in the area of giving back to society, Cedi Investment deemed necessary to donate initial grant of GH¢280, 000.00 for the purchase of three dialysis machines to support the hospital.
He said Cedi Investment was collaborating with the hospital to build an Oncology centre to support the treatment of cancer and pledged for more future collaborations.
Pastor Annor Boafo prayed and dedicated the centre into the care of the Almighty God and asked for divine guidance and direction for the facility.
He on behalf of the SCGC requested from the Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Ms Patricia Apiagyei to support the hospital with Ambulance and manage the bad smell emanating from the activities of the Kumasi Abattoir.
A Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Asokwa Constituency Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Francis Adomako who represented the MP pledged support and asked for some patience from the hospital.