Functional Dialysis Centre Opens in Sierra Leone
In other to minimize or end unnecessary deaths among kidney patients in Sierra Leone as a result of the complete absence of functional Dialysis facility, Shifaa and Dialysis Centre has been officially commissioned and opened to the public.
The commissioning ceremony which took place at Campbell Street in Freetown last Thursday, drawn attention of professional medics among them was one of the oldest doctors in the country, Dr. Sama Banya.
Delivering statement, Manager and Director of Administration, Dalanda Bah said more lives would be saved and Sierra Leoneans would be given hope for quality of life through the new dialysis facility. With the four functional and quality dialysis now available at the center, Dalanda Bah said, Sierra Leoneans in abroad with kidney related diseases would now develop confidence to return home because the facility is here to take care of their health. “No dialysis patient will go untreated”, Bah vowed and continued that, they promote education through teaching on the risk of dialysis ailment. She deliberated that they counsel patients with dialysis related diseases and helps them cope with the new way of life.
She maintained that they are working to provide financial assistance for dialysis patients who could not afford to honor the huge charges involved. She talked about the professional dialysis technicians they have and advanced that they received and cured dialysis patient from other countries.
During the course of establishing the Centre, Dalanda said, they faced so many challenges because they weren’t known how Sierra Leone was operating. ”I had no reason to fear intimidation or threat from anywhere because I have government’s support’’.
She told the gathering that they have provided abundant water and electricity supply because she said; dialysis issue cannot be managed successfully without the availability of those two resources.
She concluded by emphasizing that they are up and running as the machines can take four to five patients simultaneously.
In his statement, Consultant Supervisor for Shifaa and Dialysis Centre, Dr. Kombra Bai Kanu explained that kidney of human beings managed waste products and water in the body adding, the patient would die if the kidney fails to perform that function. He spoke about the huge money involves making dialysis material available and disclosed that acute kidney failure mostly affects children and encouraged this type of patients to always report earlier for treatment. ‘’So many young people died of dialysis related diseases as a result of absence of the dialysis facility. He bragged that Sierra Leoneans would no longer die of kidney failure and fellow doctors to take the center as partners in providing what people’s need in terms of dialysis of complementing the medical problems surrounding the country.
Dr. Sama Banya disclosed that, it took him over two years before the Ministry of Health and Sanitation gave them clearance to operate adding that, the institution is not for profit making but to satisfy the well-being of people.
The President for the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Council, Dr. Arthur William who officially commissioned the facility called on Sierra Leoneans to support the initiative for the well-being of the nation adding, some few years ago, they received a letter from Dr. Sama Banya that he wanted to open a dialysis center. He said they instructed them to find a specialist but it took them about two years with no specialists before one Dr. Fillie gave the task to look at how the dialysis unit should look like.
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