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The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to provide equipment for kidney dialysis centres at subsidised rates in all federal government health facilities in the country. Reps urge Nigerian govt.

It also mandated its Committees on Health Institutions and Healthcare Services to liaise with relevant stakeholders with a view to ensuring that provisions are made in the supplementary budget for the establishment of fully equipped kidney dialysis centres across the country. Reps urge Nigerian govt.

The decision of the House was sequel to the adoption of a motion moved at plenary Tuesday by Hon. Zannah Usman. He said reports has it that the disease affects 20 per cent of Nigerians and can be linked to the rising cases of high blood pressure among the populace, high cost of treatment and absence of functional dialysis machines at various kidney treatment centres which are hampering the management of the disease.

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The lawmaker noted that kidney disease is usually caused by diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, stressing that as an emerging global public health problem, if left untreated, could result to renal disease which would necessitate dialysis or kidney transplant.

Usman expressed concern that the disease has contributed to the nation’s rising mortality rate, as patients are unable to either afford the cost of treatment or access to the facilities which are fraught with enormous challenges such as inadequate funding, shortage of specialists, poor health promotion strategies and obsolete equipment.

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