SPEECH BY H.E MIKE MBUVI SONKO, GOVERNOR NAIROBI CITY COUNTY DURING THE WORLD KIDNEY DAY HELD ON MARCH 8TH 2018 AT KENYATTA NATIONAL HOSPITAL.
The World Kidney Day is a very important day in the annual calendars of all kidney organizations in the world. When I was senator last year, I was grateful you invited me as guest of honour and now again when I am the Governor.
Nairobi City County is committed to such ventures. In the last six months when I took over office, we now have renal facilities within our county hospitals. Two days ago, I launched dialysis machines at Mbagathi County Hospital where the first ever kidney transplant shall be done.
Yesterday, we held a successful trial in all the 6 dialysis machines each with a capacity to dialyze 10 patients during the day and 6 patients at night when we start the night shift and which translates to 60 in a day.
In my characteristic nature of philanthropy, I have had a network of friends and international doctors as far as from India who have been assisting Kenyans facing kidney challenges.
A team of kidney specialists have arrived in Kenya to team up with county specialists to undertake the first transplant under the supervision of Dr. Rajesh. Transplants for the first five kidney patients will be FREE.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Kidney disease has been recognized as one of the major non-communicable causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is estimated that 1 in every ten people has chronic kidney disease and those at risk are more. It has been said that women are at a higher risk of renal diseases. This is especially the case with pregnancy related complications. In Kenya close to 4 MILLION people suffer from kidney diseases.
Unfortunately, many people who suffer from the chronic disease are not aware until they develop complications. This is often too late for adequate care to be provided.
The world kidney day is hence an important day that aims to bridge the gap between awareness and diagnosis and I am therefore humbled that each one of you took time off to participate.
The disease pattern is well known with many ending up requiring dialysis and eventually the transplantation. Kidney transplantation is the most cost-effective treatment for last stage kidney failure which must be advised to all who are eligible.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am aware of the enormous challenges that we currently face as we offer renal care. On that note, may I take this opportunity to thank our dedicated staff who have clearly put this country in the world map of kidney transplantation.
In particular, I would like to thank the management of Kenyatta National Hospital for making it possible to offer kidney transplantation at relatively affordable rates. The Nairobi City County government will therefore reduce pressure at Kenyatta National hospital as the county hospitals will offer same services.
The private sector has also been offering kidney transplantation consistently for a long time and I encourage this to continue, however, I request the sector to consider reducing the cost of transplantation.
I am happy to announce that this week, we shall conduct the first kidney transplantation at Mbagathi District Hospital to be conducted by a team of surgeons from India assisted by our very own surgeons who have been undergoing training.
We are in the process of installing 7 dialysis machines at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Eastlands.
I am therefore compelled to encourage Kenyans facing renal problems to utilize our capable and dedicated Kenyan experts instead of seeking expensive treatment abroad.
Ladies and gentlemen,
In conclusion, I wish to recognize and pay tribute to our unrecognized heroes and heroines who have sacrificed their kidneys through the donations to save lives.
Kidney donation is harmless and does not reduce one’s lifespan. I wish to encourage many more to come forward and offer to donate their kidneys to their loved ones.
Finally, I thank you all for coming to join the rest of the world in marking this year’s World Kidney Day.
Thank you and God bless you.
H.E MIKE MBUVI SONKO, EGH