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Oct 8, 2018

88 Patients to Now Benefit from MOH’s Hemodialysis Programme

Fifty-eight more patients with end-stage renal failure are now set to benefit from the Ministry of Health’s Hemodialysis Programme. The ministry made the announcement last week, stating that it will contract K.H.M.H., Loma Luz Hospital, Miguel Rosado Dialysis Center, and Dialysis del Caribe to provide two free dialysis sessions weekly per patient. While the number of patients has grown significantly, the number of dialysis sessions for patients has been reduced from three sessions per week to two.  The contracts were signed this morning in Belmopan and News Five’s Hipolito Novelo has the story.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Eighty-eight patients with end-stage renal failure are set to benefit from the Ministry of Health’s decision to expand its hemodialysis programme. Initially, two service providers namely the K.H.M.H and La Loma Luz Hospital out west provided three dialysis treatment sessions weekly to thirty patients under the program. With the programme being extended to eighty-eight patients, two other services providers have been brought on board which are the Miguel Rosado Dialysis Center and Dialysis del Caribe.

 

Pablo Marin

Pablo Marin, Minister of Health

“It’s a big step even though we won’t be able to give the three dialysis but definitely we will be providing from the thirty patients we will be able to increase it to eighty eight patients. This is really a serious situation, not only with kidney failure but with diabetes which is one of the worse scenarios which brings you to this renal failure. We need to be conscious with what we are doing.”

 

Under the new contract, patients will receive two dialysis treatment sessions weekly. Cabinet made this decision in order to accommodate the fifty-eight other patients in the programme’s budget of two point two million dollars annually.

 

Pablo Marin

“Yes this is the hardest decision because when we wanted to expand it, we had everybody that said what happens to the persons that are already taking the dialysis and they can’t afford? How will they manage? You know how people say that if somebody dies then they will blame it on me because the person did not get the third dialysis then it is your fault, it has to be on your consciences. I mentioned also, what happened to the other fifty eight patients that are out there. Really, those patients they are some that cannot pay one of them. You can ask the different institution that there are patients that only take one.”

 

Ramon Figueroa

Dr. Ramon Figueroa, C.E.O., M.O.H.

“It is an issue that we fully understand the needs and demands that people are affected by end stage renal failure which requires dialysis. We do understand those commands and that request. However you need to understand as the Minister said there are a whole series of competing demands. So it might seems like one million or one point five million is not, it is in the context of all the other requests, needs that exist in the Ministry of Health. Right now we would want to also invest in the preventative aspects. If you add up all these, one point five may look like a little bit but it is a significant challenge. I think we need to face it as a society with all the different partners to see how we can address those other issues.”

 

K.H.M.H and La Loma Luz Hospital are charging G.O.B. two hundred and ninety dollars per dialysis session. The Miguel Rosado Dialysis Center and Dialysis del Caribe have settled at a cost of two hundred and ten dollars per session.

 

Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, M.O.H.

“There are standards of care and I think we need to stress that. One of the other questions that I think we have been asked is how comes Karl Heusner and Loma Luz may seem to be getting paid more for a particular session. The investment has been done in training personnel both at Karl Heusner and Loma Luz to try to scale up their quality care that they are giving because it is a holistic approach that we are taking. It is not a simple session. You have more personnel at these two facilities than perhaps what you would have in the other two facilities.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

 

The K.H.M.H. will continue to provide dialysis treatment to fifteen patients while sixteen patients will be receiving dialysis treatment at La Loma Luz Hospital. Dialysis del Caribe will be providing treatment to thirty-five patients and the Miguel Rosado Dialysis Center will provide treatment to sixteen patients.  

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