The Volta regional hospital has become the fourth after Korle Bu, Komfo Anokye and Tamale Teaching hospitals to acquire its Dialysis unit, to provide timely care and access to patients diagnosed with some kidney related disease.
The unit established through the collaborative effort between the hospital and D.Med Healthcare AG Limited, a leading provider of medical equipment and products was facilitated by the Asogli queen mothers’ Association of Ho.
The company donated four NIPRO Surdial 55+machines at a cost of GHc 200,000, whiles indigenous oil company, GOIL Energy Ghana LTD procured a GHc 28,000 water treatment plant needed for the running of the equipment.
Dialysis is the artificial process of eliminating waste (diffusion) and unwanted water (ultrafiltration) from the blood. Our kidneys do this naturally. Some people, however, may have failed or damaged kidneys which cannot carry out the function properly – they may need dialysis.
Dialysis is in other words, the artificial replacement for lost kidney function (renal replacement therapy).
Speaking at the commissioning of the dialysis unit, Co-ordinator of Asogli Queen-mothers Association, Mama Attratoh II lamented how kidney patients in the region have to travel to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital every week for dialysis treatment, hence the initiative to get the equipment installed at the regional hospital.
“We have been dreaming to get this machine in the region until one Harry Sedor of D.Med came to tell us they will give us four dialysis machines but we needed a water treatment plant for the machines to function. Gratefully, we approached GOIL Ghana and they accepted and got plant for installed.”
Medical Director of the Volta Regional Hospital, Dr John Tampuori said demand for the services of dialysis machines is high with an average nine patients being referred to the Korle Bu teaching hospital every month for such services.
He therefore assured that the installation of the equipment will bring relief to kidney patients and sag them the cost and risk of traveling to Accra weekly for treatment.
Although dialysis helps patients whose kidneys have failed, it is not as efficient as a normal kidney. Consequently, patients on dialysis need to be careful about what and how much they drink and eat. They will also need medications.
Keeping your kidneys healthy
The most important steps towards keeping your kidneys safe and healthy include
- Keep your blood pressure at the target set by your health care provider. For most people, the blood pressure target is less than 140/90 mm Hg. This can delay or prevent kidney failure.
- If you have diabetes, control your blood glucose level.
- Keep your cholesterol levels in the target range.
- Take medicines the way your provider tells you to. (Important! Certain blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors and ARBs may protect your kidneys. Ask your health care provider for more information.)
- Cut back on salt. Aim for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day.
- Choose foods that are healthy for your heart: fresh fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Be more physically active.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- If you smoke, take steps to quit. Cigarette smoking can make kidney damage worse.
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