Kidney failure also called end-stage renal disease is a disease which has been on a rise in this generation. Damaging of the Kidney which prevents the organ from performing its function is what results in kidney failure.
Kidney failure results when the kidney stops functioning. One can survive this disease by undergoing dialysis or kidney transplant.
Kidney failure in most cases is caused by other health problems. Diabetics, high blood pressure and urinary tract problems, are the leading cause of kidney failure. Also, not drinking enough water, taking in high drugs and not emptying one’s bowels is known to contribute to kidney failure.
Many lives have been lost through this disease. Treatment for kidney failure costs a lot. Many of the people who are not able to survive the disease are mostly unable to raise funds to afford the treatment of the disease.
“Dialysis which is a best known way of treating kidney failure is very expensive. An individual with kidney failure needs to undergo dialysis at least thrice in a week. The cost of each of each section of dialysis is about Ghc 325.00. You also need to purchase medications which will help boost your blood level up”, Dr. Mensah, a nephrologist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital explained on an interview with GhanaWeb.
The cost of treatment for kidney failure is too expensive for the average Ghanaian, he said. The disease seems to favor the rich than the poor due to its high cost of treatment.
William, a victim of kidney failure has been battling with the disease since January 2020. Due to financial constraint, he is unable to afford a kidney transplant which costs Ghc 160, 000. Mrs Bortey, William’s mother has stopped her work as a peasant farmer to be able to care for her son. “Assistance from friends, family and loved ones is how William is able to undergo dialysis twice a week”, she narrates.
William used to work with a CCTV installation Company before he had this health problem. His only plea is to the general public and NGOs to help him in terms of finance to treat the disease.