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Sugar Company donates sh1.8 million renal equipment, drugs

Busia County Referral Hospital Monday received drugs and equipment for the renal unit worth Sh1.8 million donated by Busia Sugar Company.

Addressing the press at the hospital, the CEO of the company Sirel Patel said the donation was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“On behalf of the Busia sugar board of management am glad to be a partner with the BCRH and the entire county health sector in ensuring that universal health coverage is attained in Busia as part of the company CSR project,” said Patel.

Patel affirmed that as a manufacturing unit and an institute in the county, they have a programme for the corporate social responsibility and they have been doing similar donations for different hospitals in the county.

“We have also been involved in the construction of the maternity ward and donation of Covid-19 equipment such as the masks, sanitizers and oxygen incinerators,” confirmed Patel.

The Chief Officer Health Jonathan Ino lauded all the stakeholders of the Busia Sugar Company for their continual support in the health sector.  He thanked the company’s management for relentless support specifically in the health sector.

Ino further noted that they have received a major boost through a donation, which will support the Renal Unit that deals mainly with dialysis and other kidney related complications.

“This Unit provides hemodialysis for both in and outpatients with chronic or acute kidney disease requiring renal replacement therapy. The renal unit is equipped with ultra-modern HD machines from Fresenius medical care,” he added.

He urged the residents to utilise the opportunity for kidney test saying, “the equipment received will greatly help to improve quality services in the renal unit pointing out that patients who initially travelled to Eldoret and Kisumu for the services will now receive them here at our hospital at a very lower cost,” said Ino.

He added that the dialysis will be carried out at a cost of Sh950 only compared to the private hospitals where patients get the service at a cost of about Sh.25000 which is relatively expensive.

“We want to thank this company once more for donation of oxygen incinerators at Kocholia hospital of about Sh.2 million,” stated Ino.

The Busia County Commissioner Dr. Ahmed Omar who attended lauded the company and the county referral for their cooperation in ensuring that the people of Busia receive quality health services.

“For long the renal unit had failed because of lack of enough resources but today we appreciate the Busia sugar fraternity for their support,” said Omar.

Omar urged the county government with the leadership of Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’ to be able to prioritize every department in order for the renal unit to continue functioning normally without coming to a standstill.

By Frodah Namayi

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