Hundreds of kidney failure patients subject to death, doctors say [Archives:2008/1162/Local News]

May 9 2008

Saddam Al-Ashmori
For The Yemen Times

Shwiyah Ali, 25, died as soon as she arrived at the renal cleansing (kidney disease) center in Yemen's western Hodeidah governorate. Another kidney patient, Jumaah Ahmed, died at the same center because there was no treatment available for patients suffering kidney failure.

These are just two frightening examples from among more than 450 kidney failure patients coming to Hodeidah from Hajjah, Raymah, Al-Mahwit and Dhamar who will face certain death unless they receive more treatment, say doctors at the center.

The renal cleansing center, which performs dialysis on kidney failure patients using machinery, catheters and surgery, says it won't have enough emergency facilities for renal failure patients unless some are brought immediately from Ibb governorate.

Though the center received aid last week from the Ministry of Heath and the Ibb and Dhamar hospitals, the support will only cover 10,000 dialysis sessions. “It will help us for the next six months