A kidney patient has penned a passionate appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta to set up a treatment centre in the country to offer relief to Kenyans suffering from kidney failure.
John Githunguri Ng’ang’a alias Little John, was diagnosed with kidney failure in March 2016 and on 14th October 2016, he underwent a successful transplant.
According to Little John, “Since then, my life has been unmanageable. Post kidney transplant is expensive to me and the many people being diagnosed with kidney disease with statistics showing that there are four million Kenyans diagnosed with kidney disease and the number is still rising.”
Little John’s story reveals the struggles that kidney patients go through as they seek treatment.
According to him, a kidney patient spends about KSh40,000 on post transplant medication every month.
He continues to remind the President that if urgent action is not taken, kidney failure and accompanying ailments could be the next big disaster to happen in the country.
Read the letter below:
To the President of the Republic of Kenya,
H.E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
My name is John Githunguri Ng’ang’a alias Little John. I am 31 years old and hail from Dagoretti South Mutuini Ward.
Last year 2016 March I was diagnosed with kidney failure and that was the turning point in my life.My doctors told me that the only way I could live was to get another kidney to keep going.
Sir, on 14th October 2016,I got a kidney from my brother at Agha Khan hospital which was a success and i thank God always for giving me a second Chance in life.I cannot also forget the family and friends that came through to see it a success.
Since then, my life has been unmanageable, post kidney transplant is expensive to me and the many people being diagnosed with kidney disease with statistics showing that there are Four million Kenyans diagnosed with kidney disease and the number is still rising.
NHIF was a huge boost because they catered for all the dialysis sessions I had and is still being used by other patients.The NHIF card also helped pay part of my surgery.
My engagement with NHIF ended there, I only pay for the monthly contribution but no longer look after my post transplant medication and clinics.
On average, a post kidney transplant patient spends Ksh.40,000 per month depending on other complications they could be having eg Hypertension and Diabetes.This is ofcourse on drugs and monthly check ups in hospital.
Most Post kidney transplant patients have been reduced to beggers.Borrowing money from friends just to get 1 week anti-rejection drugs.Without these drugs, transplanted kidneys might be fought by their body’s because they are foreign parts.
Mr President, Kidney disease in Kenya is widely spreading in Kenya and there is need to put more effort to it before it becomes a disaster here in Kenya just like cancer is today.
I do not speak for self, but for every Kenyan on a dialysis bed in all hospitals daily waiting to have a kidney transplant but fears post transplant management.Some of them might not be in a position to seek help from friends like some of us would.
Mr President, many boardroom meetings have been held, many articles written and many documentaries done, I would like to request that you take this issue personally and act on it.Please try and see to it that like cancer treatment and management let also post kidney transplant management be affordable and accessible to all.
I speak for every Kidney patient here in Kenya, for every renal Doctor and nurse who knows what it means to be a kidney patient here in Kenya.
I write this with all humility and looking forward to seeing some Changes.
Sincerely your fellow Country Man
John Githunguri Nganga (Lj)