Government to install dialysis machines in all hospitals by 2017

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GOVERNMENT will complete installing dialysis machines for kidney patients in all the hospitals by 2017, ministry of Health permanent secretary Davy Chikamata has said.

Dr Chikamata said the equipment will help Zambia provide quality health services to people suffering from kidney-related complications.

He said in Lusaka yesterday when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances that Government is working round the clock to ensure all hospitals have dialysis machines because the number of patients with kidney-related complications is increasing.

Dr Chikamata said Government will also ensure all referral hospitals are modernised so that the country is in a position to handle various medical complications without having to refer them abroad.

He said Government has devised a three-pronged approach under the modernisation of health facilities plan which will see the improvement of medical infrastructure, installation of advanced medical equipment and the training of medical personnel to handle specialist cases.

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    The economic hardship is felt by the poorest in the nation and subjects them to diseases of such nature. providing health equipment is a welcome move but putting measures in place to curb the increase in number of patients with kidney-related complications is the best solution. How can this be achieved..proper economic management by ensuring all to have their share from the national cake. Mwalya san mweka bambuli.

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      Now where the [email protected] is SKELETON? I placed a bet with him concerning the outcome of the election. I told him PF would win and he bet his house on it. Pass me the title deeds boy!

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      While this is a welcome move by govt, it should also identify why there is a sudden exponential increase in kidney failure/disease and reverse that.

      We have suddenly become a nation that loves highly processed western diet and fast foods. This is in addition to many now leading sedentary life styles as most Zambians have acquired cars…. So where most used to walk, they now drive….plus fast foods ….wow a deadly coctail and a recipe for onset of hypertension and heart dieases.

      Uncontrolled hypertension may lead to strokes and kidney failure among other complications.. hence so many Zambians requiring dialysis now.

      Just look at the number of diabetic patients in Zambia now.. unbelievably high, why? Life style

      Encourage the culture of healthy diets and exercises

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      Has the Ministry of Health addressed the “artificial shortage of drugs” as reported by the Minister of Health? If you cant even supply basic medicines how do yoy hope to run even more complex services? Ministry of Health needs an over haul of leadership uregently.

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      @Gen 1.2
      Good points raised especially on lifestyle.The majority of Zambians now are turning to western type of diet which unfortunately is not that health.Just cont the number of fast foods on all the new malls coming up.
      The other issue is HIV/AIDS.The virus causes various kidney problems.It is therefore important to monitor kidney function if you are HIV positive and on certain drugs

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    BRILLIANT IDEAS, ESPECIALLY ON MODERNIZING HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE. PLEASE EMBARK ON CONSTRUCTING COMPLETELY BRAND NEW MODERN HOSPITALS IN EVERY DISTRICT TO COMBAT CONGESTION IN OUR CURRENT COLONIAL HOSPITALS, AND TO ACCOMMODATE MODERN TECHNOLOGY IN THE MEDICAL FIELD.

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    GOVERNMENT SHOULD PUT UP A POLICY, OR IF IT IS THERE, ENFORCE IT FOR MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS WHO ARE STILL SERVING IN GOVERNMENT NOT TO BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER AND OPEN THEIR OWN PRIVATE CLINICS DUE TO CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY THESE OFFICERS. A LOT OF ESSENTIAL DRUGS IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS ARE NOW DISAPPEARING TO THESE PRIVATE CLINICS AFTER BEING STOLEN BY THESE SAME HOSPITAL WORKERS. HOW CAN A RESPONSIBLE AND A SERIOUS GOVERNMENT ALLOW SUCH SILLY HINGS TO HAPPEN ON OUR LAND? DO THESE PEOPLE REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT GOVERNANCE IS?

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    dont be cheated,

    its E/C/L trying to get help from any hospital should his pesistant Kidney failure continue even after being on the seat. Dude just sorting himself out.

    Meanwhile…ifye tuli mu horizon ti letamba

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    Its not a matter of having machines but having trained personnel and availabity of the solutions that are used and trained technicians to service the machines because most of the time the one at UTH runs out the fluids for dialysis.Zambians are so ignorant that at sound of dialysis machine they start dancing when that onitself isnt all.

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    This will potentially benefit Lungu as he is working on one functioning Kidney. It has to be his priority. Doctors could have told him that the other kidney could also collapse by 2017, hence good timing.

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