Kamuzu Hospital dialysis unit ‘shuts down’: Kidney patients moved to Queen’s Hospital

Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe  has shut down its dialysis unit because its machines are not functioning, putting lives of patients with renal failure and other kidney problems at risk.

The dialysis unit crisis

About 37 patients suffering from chronic kidney failure from KCH have since been moved to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre —the only other public hospital with dialysis machines—to access the service.

KCH spokesperson Chiyanjano Kazombo confirmed that the country’s major referral public hospital was unable to help patients because of non-functioning  10 machines.

Kazombo said KCH cannot assist the kidney failure patients and have taken  them to QECH for kidney dialysis services.

“The engineers have been notified and they will be arriving in the country one from South Africa one from Kenya they will be arriving one today and the other one on Friday to try and fix the machines but also the dialysis water plant,” said the publicist.

A  dialysis is an important machine for people suffering from kidney failure as it can lead to saving and prolonging their life.

Kazombo said the hospital management is doing everything possible to ensure maintenance of the machines is done as quickly as possible.

Kidney Association of Malawi  recently  asked government to consider providing kidney transplant services in the country’s hospitals as there are some kidney failure patients who have got donors willing to provide kidney transplants.

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John chidongo
17 days ago

Please Write the names properly. Say Kamuzu Central Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. Do change the name it sound like another Hospital.

APM and Zameer in K145 million Scam

This is one of the reasons why Malawi will not develop. During the Kamuzu Banda period we used to have our own engineering section at KCH near the laundry. Some died and some left for greener pastures. The salaries are too poor to keep them on the job. Now we are paying for engineers from abroad. Everything is imported. How can the economy grow like this? Coffins are imported and thrown in the grave with human waste. Mentality change ija ndi imeneyo Saulos Chilima.

shaharry
shaharry
15 days ago

Komadi, i agree. Every technology we adopt from western, we require them back to come and fix the fault…….Eyiiiii, static minds of malawians.Sukulu zakulowedza zomakhala ndi masters ndi PHD kungoloweza thats why we have alot of people with PHDs in agric but not much on ground. njala yearly, they cannot assemble a small irrigation machine . they would like china or india High school students to assemble one for Malawi. Mind set change. Dont look at your paper of education but rather what can you contribute……….

PHRIWAPHIRI
17 days ago

A CHEKWERA AKUONA IZI NDI ANZAO A CHILIMA? I THOUGHT THEY WERE ANGELS WHO GOD HAD SENT TO FIX HEALTH SECTOR.GOD IN HEAVEN IS FOR ALL OF US

guest
guest
18 days ago

Dear author – can you please add details of what reagents are needed, as well as what specific support is needed, in case there are well-wishers/organizations willing to assist. Is it more machines or technicians to fix the equipment that is there, or both? thanks

Sidos
Sidos
18 days ago
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It’s sad that one of our central hospitals in Capital City has to be desperate for ‘well-wishers’

The government is too busy ‘clearing the rubble’ to think of the poor, sick Malawians.

Is this also not rubble that needs to be cleaned?

Or is the ‘rubble’ only to play musical chairs for which well-paid senior civil servant will be replaced next..

As for the poor, masses.. just be patient..

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