Sep 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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In Kano, Inadequate Dialysis Machines Threaten Lives of Hundreds of Kidney Disease Patients –

  • Kano State is currently facing one of its worst times with an outbreak of kidney disease in Kano State.
  • The results show important findings in specialized hospitals in the State lacks functional equipment to treat kidney patients
  • Meanwhile, experts say working with few and partially functional devices is a major setback for the state

Recent reports have confirmed that Kano State’s healthcare system is on the brink of a serious crisis as cases of kidney disease patients have continued to surge in the state.


A Daily Nigerian report, emerging from a PRNigeria investigation, revealed that cases of chronic kidney disease ( CKD) increase in Kano.

Detect According to tnissen, about 160 kidney disease patients visit Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital every week. Also, at least 15 new patients come to the special hospital for dialysis every week.

While there are up to 70 patients at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital each week on the list of ‘dialysis patient care ‘.

But at least 40 dialysis treatments or more will be performed in a week and some will wait.

Unfortunately it has been discovered , many of the few dialysis machines in the two largest kidney treatment centers in Kano are not working.

Similarly, it was revealed that at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital only eight out of 20 dialysis machines are currently working and many patients with CKD more than 10 hours waiting for dialysis.

Medical expert responds

Responding to the situation, said Professor Aliyu Abdu, consultant nephrologist and head of the kidney department of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital that it is very difficult m cope with few dialysis machines while many patients are waiting for treatment.

He said:

“We used to have up to 20 dialysis machines but due to insufficient funding and other challenges, right now we don’t have more than 5 normal machines that are working.

“It’s very difficult to deal with. You will see patients queuing for 10 hours or 15 hours to get dialysis because when you put a patient on a dialysis machine the patient has to stay on the machine for at least 4 hours and then you need another hour to do that Clean and disinfect device before it is ready for the next patient. So you can see you can’t take more than 3 patients on one machine in one day.”

In Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, recognized as one of the cheapest dialysis treatment centers Only four of the six available dialysis machines work in Kano.

It was also determined that the state government subsidizes the dialysis fees for all kidney treatments carried out in the hospital. However, the number of CKD patients sighted on the ward awaiting dialysis is alarmingly high.

The Acting HOD of the Dialysis Unit at Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Usman Adamu , said:

“The dialysis in this hospital is very cheap as the first session costs 15,000 and subsequent sessions cost 8,000 naira each, which is still affordable compared to other centres.

“Here we have about four functional dialysis machines and two are about to be repaired. Similarly, at this hospital we receive an average of 60 to 80 patients per clinic and 160 patients per week with kidney disease, many of whom require dialysis. Also, at least 15 new patients come to this hospital for dialysis every week.”