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3 additional dialysis machines installed at KATH to help more patients

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Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi is positioning itself as a leader in the management and treatment of kidney diseases and renal failure.

The hospital has installed three brand new dialysis machines, which are currently in full operation. An additional 12 new dialysis machines will be installed by the end of May 2024 to enhance its operations.

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Professor Otchere Addai-Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, announced plans to focus on children with renal problems, ensuring they have access to dialysis treatment at the facility.

He highlighted that previously, dialysis treatment for children with kidney problems was lacking. However, the hospital is now taking steps to provide dialysis services to children, offering them a chance to live, even if they have developed end-stage renal failure.

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“Usually, we do not have dialysis for children, and it is one area we are looking at as a hospital – to give children the opportunity to live irrespective of their end stages of renal failure.” 

Prof. Addai-Mensah mentioned that several benevolent organizations were assisting in bringing dialysis machines to enhance the hospital’s operations and support failing kidneys.

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He emphasized that the efficient installation and operation of dialysis treatment at KATH would alleviate the burden on Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and reduce treatment costs for patients.

The professor appealed for increased support from corporate organizations, individuals, and civil society groups to enable the facility to deliver advanced and efficient clinical care to patients.

Regarding the ongoing ‘Health KATH Project,’ he noted that progress was steady, with repairs being made to the leaking roofs.

“Typically, two weeks after rains, you will still see drippings on the floors of D5, and the upper floors but that is not what is going on now”, he explained. 

He praised the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for spearheading the project, which aims to enhance healthcare delivery in the country.

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