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Cameroon – Health: Hemodialysis equipment in a bad state at Douala General Hospital

Written by Deckson N.

Patients with renal insufficiency are obliged to perform only one dialysis session instead of three per week.

Since Monday, May 8, 2017, the patients of renal insufficiency of the general hospital of Douala, face a rather difficult situation. Indeed, on that day, the major of this nerve center told them that henceforth, they will only have one hemodialysis session per week instead of three. This is due to the gradual depletion of equipment and other dialysis consumables, reads the daily Le Messager of Wednesday May 10, 2017.

In addition to the stresses that arise from the exorbitant costs in terms of medicines, medical examinations and other charges, the patients will now have to face the panic that runs through this hospital, due to a probable stock-out of consumables. “We are worried by this situation of rupture that we saw coming without doing anything. First, heparin disappeared. Today we are announced one session per week. In the meantime, the little material left will be exhausted and it will not even be able to insure a single session per week as is the case at the moment, “apprehends a patient.

According to the healthcare staff of the department, the reasons given for this situation are insufficient lines, kidneys, dialysis sets, gloves, heparin which had just disappeared some time ago. At the level of the general direction of the hospital, it is reported that measures are being taken to bring the situation back to normal.

In the meantime, the patients envisage, according to some indiscretions, to go to meet the Minister of Public Health to decry this situation. Some even more radical, announce their intention to beat the pavement to claim more attention from the public authorities on their fate. This is in order not to wait for death in silence.

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