Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has only two functioning dialysis machines, a kidney specialist at the power has revealed.

Dr. Elliot Koranteng Tannor said this makes the state of affairs very dire.

He said due to this, the machines are only used for important cases.

According to him, after a affected person is stabilised, regardless that the affected person nonetheless requires it, she or he may have to be discharged for one more important affected person to use it.

KATH has only 2 functioning dialysis machines currently - Kidney specialist
Dr Elliot Koranteng Tannor

Speaking on Joy FM‘s Super Morning Show on Thursday, September 15, Dr. Tannor intimated that the hospital is planning on getting more dialysis machines.

“As it stands now, at Komfo Anokye Hospital we have two functional dialysis machines currently, but there are plans to get more I understand, but if you come now, we have only two, and we just keep them for acute cases, make them stable, and unfortunately we have to send them out.”

The kidney specialist said about 30% of their kidney patients lose their lives on admission.

KATH has only 2 functioning dialysis machines currently - Kidney specialist
Dialysis machine

“So I put together data at KATH for ten years, and again I looked at mortality and kidney happens to be constantly one of the top five causes of death on the medical ward.

“On average, three out of ten, about 30 of my patients will die on admission,” he revealed.

Dr. Tannor also stated almost half of the 16 regions in the country do not have dialysis machines.

A situation he said has piled pressure on the few ones they have in Kumasi.

“I did some study in 2018, where we looked at the geographical location of dialysis units across the country, then it was ten regions, it was actually five out of the ten regions don’t have it and certainly we now have elevated our areas, however the numbers haven’t elevated a lot.”

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