KCH expands dialysis unit

Aug 15, 2022

By Wisdom Ngwira
Lilongwe, August 15, Mana: Expansion of Dialysis Unit at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe will accord patients suffering from kidney diseases an opportunity to access treatment easily.

Previously, the Dialysis Unit at KCH had less than four machines but government has now restocked the unit and now it has 12 machines.
Speaking on Monday after touring the expanded Dialysis Unit at the referral hospital, President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera said the additional Dialysis machines would help decongest as well as serve many patients across the country.
“Countrywide, we only have this kidney dialysis centre and the one at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre in the south which results into many people especially from the north congesting here at KCH.

We want to have as many dialysis machines as possible so that at least all district hospitals have such equipment,” he said.

Chakwera said he carefully took heed of various concerns from stakeholders in the health sector who complained of lack of enough machines at the dialysis unit at the KCH.

“We need to do more than just providing dialysis machines here but rather we need to make sure that we are able to do kidney transplants here. I know it’s a long way to go but as government, we are working tirelessly towards that goal,” he said.

KCH hospital Director, Dr Jonathan Ngoma hailed government for the initiative of procuring the Dialysis machine as this would improve health care services for patients suffering from kidney diseases.

“We were very overwhelmed by patients who were either coming from the northern region and in the central region. We had a big population of Malawians seeking these services.

“So far we are no longer sending our patients to Blantyre and we have also increased the number of patients who are on dialysis to 60 and we can even now take 90 patients,” he said.

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