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New kidney, liver transplant units unveiled in Eldoret

Elvanis Ronoh
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Cabinet Secretary Health Sicily Kariuki when she presided over the official unveiling of the kidney and liver transplant units at Mediheal Hospital in Eldoret on March 14, 2019. [Source/Elvanis Ronoh]

Access to healthcare for liver and kidney patients in Eldoret town and its environs is set to be improved even further after Mediheal Group of Hospitals unveiled state of the art Kidney and Liver Transplant units.

Health Cabinet Secretary Cecily Kariuki presided over the unveiling of the units.

According to the hospital's chairman Dr Mishra Swarrup, the opening of the two units will go a long way towards reducing the cost many patients incur while travelling overseas to seek treatment for Kidney and Liver-related diseases. 

"We are doing kidney transplant in our facility at between Sh850,000 to Sh1 million which is much cheaper compared to oversee prices," said Mishra during the unveiling of the two units on Thursday.

"This marks the beginning of a far-fetched journey of reducing kidney and liver-related mortalities and morbidities in East Africa," he added.

Currently, the National Hospital and Insurance Fund (NHIF) pays for up to Sh500,000 for a patient undergoing a kidney transplant in any health facility in the country. 

Mishra who is also the Kesses Member of Parliament said further said that the launch of the two units is in line with the government's Big Four Agenda of ensuring Universal Health Coverage with low-cost private health facilities, health laboratory services, diagnostic services and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) services. 

Mediheal has been a leading private health facility in Eldoret town and has several branches spread across the country a well as in neighbouring Rwanda. 

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