Kidney patients queue to receive treatment at Police Hospital

Inadequate equipments at the Dialysis Centre of the Police Hospital in Accra is causing kidney patients to wait in queues for long hours to receive treatment.

The unit has only eight dialysis machines, although it treats more than twice that number of patients each day.

Despite a charge of Ȼ170.00, patients are made to wait from morning to afternoon before they are attended to.

Some of the patients who spoke to Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo said the situation is frustrating and puts their lives at risk.

The machine filters patient’s blood to remove excess water and waste products because their kidneys are dysfunctional.

There are about an estimated 8000 kidney failure patients in the country, receiving treatment at only five dialysis centres

Medical Officer in charge of the dialysis centre at the Police Hospital, Dr Dominic Kumashie says efforts are ongoing to get more equipment to reduce waiting periods of the patients.

Chairman of the Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Health Education on Wheels Godfred Nyanteh has asked government to deliver its promise of building more more dialysis centres in the country for the treatment of patients.

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