One of the dialysis unit at the Diagnostic Center in Abia State

One of the dialysis unit at the Diagnostic Center in Abia State

The newly rehabilitated medical facilities of the Abia state government appear to have begun yielding beneficial results to the people of Abia state. According to the health ministry in Abia state, the dialysis center located at Umuahia Diagnostic center which was recently rehabilitated by the Governor T.A Orji administration has handled 51 dialysis patients in the month of February 2014.

This was made known by the medical top boss at the facility, Dr. Chima Chukwu who took press men on a guided tour of the facility recently. He stated that the facility is equipped with 6 dialysis machines – of which one unit was dedicated to HIV patients and one unit dedicated to hepatitis patient. The reminder of the units [4] were reserved for normal dialysis patients.

He made it clear that the facility is looking to expand to accommodate more patients. ‘’It costs N23000 for each session’’ said the medical boss while noting that when patients don’t have the money ‘’we pay’’. ‘’We are currently operating a 16 hours shift every day and we are open every day for now, except for weekends’’. He added that with time ‘’we are looking to operate around the clock, 7 days, 24 hours’’.

Dr. Chima Chukwu addressing the media

Dr. Chima Chukwu addressing the media

When queried on the cost of the dialysis session being on the high side, the medical top boss stated that the price of N23000 was actually among the cheapest available in Nigeria except only for Delta state. He revealed that it cost about #21000 for the consumable for each dialysis session.

’We virtually run the place on generator sets especially during dialysis session’’– and this he said adds to the cost of operation. He added also that the government of T.A Orji is highly subsidizing the cost of operating the facility so that it can be affordable to a reasonable extent. ‘’we have 3 doctors and 2 consultants here’’.

Another dialysis unit

Another dialysis unit

The medical boss concluded that “this facility is a success story of the Orji administration”.

the entrance to the treatment units

the entrance to the treatment units

One Comment to: “Abia Dialysis Center Treated 51 Patients in February 2014”

  1. landoezekiel

    April 7th, 2014

    Look it is not news-worthy that the Abia State Government established a functional Dialysis center in Umuahia for the entire State in comparison to the federal allocation. This project was due yesterday and should be available in each local government area at best. I stand corrected that it is less than truthful that the Government absorbs the cost for those that don’t have the money as opined by Dr. Chukwu. The fact is that they are left to die by delaying tactic. Even those with their money are passed over for members of well-connected families. After an experience at FMC Orlu which has been described as an advance refugee camp I would caution anyone taking his family members to any of this Government hyped establishments that you are taking your life in your own hand when you believe the Bullsh-t from Dr. Chime Chukwu.

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