State receives 62 dialysis machines from royal embassy of Saudi Arabia

19Jun 2019
Crispin Gerald
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
State receives 62 dialysis machines from royal embassy of Saudi Arabia

THE government yesterday received of 62 dialysis machines worth 1.5bn/- from the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia to be used for improving dialysis services for kidney patients in the country.

Dialysis machine: A machine used in dialysis that filters a patient's blood to remove excess water and waste products when the kidneys are damaged, dysfunctional, or missing. The dialysis machine itself can be thought of as an artificial kidney.

Speaking to reporters yesterday in Dar es Salaam after receiving the facilities, deputy minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dr Faustine Ndugulile said the support will ensure easy access to dialysis services to patients who use to travel for long to get it.

A kidney patient is supposed to undergo two to three dialyses, and at Muhimbili National Hospital there are three phase of conducting dialysis per day and there are 42 available machines.

Ndugulile said the facility that cost 25m/- each, will be distributed to every region in the country and Zanzibar to deliver services close to patients in order to save lives of people.

“We thank the royal embassy of Saudi Arabia for its support to Tanzania because will help the government to provide services to patients who need the services, currently we have 19 centre s that provide the services in the country, while many centres are based in Dar es Salaam,” he said.

The plan of the government is to extend the service to the region, and we are ready to provide training to expert in order to facilitate access to better health service.

Dr Ndugulile said non-communicable diseases are at alarming rate and the MNH has being conducting dialysis three times per day.

“We do dialysis from Monday to Saturday and Sunday, whereby for emergency, we admit about 90 to 120 patients per day,” he said.

For his part, deputy ambassador for royal embassy of Saudi Arabia Ahmed Bin Saleh Alghamdi said they will continue supporting Tanzania not only in health sector but for other sectors such as education and others.

“We applaud the government initiative to improve health sector as it is one of the key sectors that determine the growth of economy, we also value health sector and we will continue supporting it,” he said.