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Beira Central Hospital (HCB) is now able to offer haemodialysis services. Inaugurated by the Deputy Minister of Health Since João Leopoldo da Costa on Friday, the service will provide a total of ten dialysis machines, set up within the framework of the implementation of the government’s programme for the health sector.
The commissioning of the Beira service means patients in Sofala and surrounding areas will no longer need to travel to Maputo Central Hospital for treatment.
“Haemodialysis releases the harmful waste from the body and is vital for patients with kidney failure,” the deputy health minister explained.
Worldwide, the prevalence of chronic renal failure has increased considerably in recent years, and now constitutes a serious public health problem.
“The major technologies, especially those related to renal replacement therapies -hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation – have made continued life possible for patients. Bear in mind, however, that prevention continues to be the most important factor. Adopting a healthy lifestyles, not eating too much salt, drinking lots of fluids, doing physical exercise and avoiding the consumption of fats all help,” he said.
The deputy minister also expressed his satisfaction that, as the result of international technical support, the health sector now has the personnel to maintain the equipment,.
“I ask that we cherish and take good care of this investment, because it will save the lives of many Mozambicans,” he requested.
Speaking at the inauguration event, National Director of Medical Assistance Ussene Isse noted that the HCB’s haemodialysis service was the second in the country, and would have a staff complement of 20, assisted by a team from Maputo Central Hospital, where dialysis has been on offer since 2008. Similar services are also in the process of being installed in Nampula and Quelimane.Source: Notícias
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