AMSA Group to Put Up Dialysis centre in Makueni Hospital
The Makueni County Government in conjunction with AMSA Group from United Arab Emirates will establish a Renal Dialysis Centre at the Makueni County Referral Hospital, Governor Kivutha Kibwana has revealed.
Prof. Kibwana disclosed that the centre with a capacity of 50 beds will focus on the less fortunate people in the society who cannot meet medical expenses.
At the same time, the governor announced intentions to make the county to become a Health Tourism area where people from other counties will come and be treated hence earn an income are at advanced stage.
“Treatment of renal diseases is very expensive and as a county we want to reach out to people in the low social cadre. For some time now, we have been working with the Vision 2030 secretariat to develop Health Tourism,” said the governor.
While saying the county will provide space, electricity and water, Prof. Kibwana said that AMSA will in turn deploy doctors, nurses and purchase facilities to be used at the renal centre.
The deal is expected to come to fruition in the next three months when the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed and expose more on the areas to be covered.
Though no amount of money was mentioned, a reliable source hinted that at least sh 500 million may be spent in this venture.
“If the deal comes to completion then it will become one of the biggest renal facility in this country and across East Africa,” he observed
Currently Makueni County has five dialysis machines capable to attending to 15 people. However there is a challenge as the number of patients was on the increase.
AMSA Group Head of Operation Ranjan Chakraborty said his organisation was ready to establish the centre in the area.
Makueni County Assembly Speaker Douglas Mbilu pledged to support the venture saying the renal diseases can be managed here. He lauded the partnership saying that this was going to reduce the number of people who seek health services abroad.
By Patrick Nyakundi