Department of the Week – Renal Unit

DEPARTMENT OF THE WEEK-RENAL UNIT

By Audrey Tasaranarwo
Editor CCH Outlook Magazine

“The unit caters for people living with chronic renal or kidney disease. It is an eight station unit which means it admits eight patients at a time and caters for 16 patients per day who need renal dialysis services.”

THE RENAL UNIT is one of the youngest departments at Chitungwiza Central Hospital (CCH) which was estab-lished in 2008 and was officially opened by His Excellen-cy the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe in 2011. The unit was named after the late wife of His Excellency Mai Sally Mugabe who faced renal problems.

Zimbabwe records 1000 cases of kidney failure every year with only 700 accessing dialysis as a number of people cannot afford life-saving services. It is against this background that CCH opened the renal unit with subsi-dized fees to cater for the socially disadvantaged who can-not afford fees charged by other dialysis centers.

Ten percent of the population worldwide is affect-ed by chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is the third most increasing cause of global mortality. Worldwide, five million people are expected to be on dialysis by 2030 and commemorations have been put in place to help in raising awareness of the condition.
The unit caters for people living with chronic renal or kidney disease. It is an eight station unit which means it admits eight patients at a time and caters for 16 patients per day who need renal dialysis services.

The renal unit is manned by renal specialists such as nephrologists, nephrology nurses, intensive care and renal nurses. Among the team of renal nurses some of them were trained in South Africa while others went fortraining in India.

The Chief Executive Officer of CCH, Dr Obadiah Moyo, who is also a renal specialist, said there are plans to expand the unit into a bigger 20 sta-tion Dialysis Unit. He has already identified funds for the construction of the unit.

The unit will also expand its operations to admit patients with post kidney transplant surgery which carries the name Sally Mugabe Kidney Trans-plantation Unit and is sponsored by MIMOSA.
MIMOSA has funded construction of the unit which has five cubicles where patients after the opera-tions will be admitted. In the same vein, MIMOSA sponsored CCH doctors, surgeons and anesthetists to undergo training in India to do kidney transplant oper-ations. Administrative staff including the CEO Dr Obadiah Moyo went to South Africa to see how the hospitals which conduct kidney transplant operations perform.

There are doctors from South Africa and Apollo Group of Hospitals who jetted in the country to see what CCH had laid down in preparation of the kidney transplant. The doctors were happy with the progress done and recommended upgrading of the the-atre.

Currently upgrading of the main theatre is in progress and is near completion. The theatre now has an in-house pharmacy for the patients to supply drugs which are needed during surgery.

Thumbs up to the visionary leader who came up with the idea of opening such critical units at the hospital, and he is none other than Dr Moyo himself.

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