Category: Health & Lifestyle Created on Friday, 20 July 2012 15:02 Published Date Written by GNA Hits: 259
Kumasi, July 20, GNA – The Ashanti Regional Secretariat of the National Service Scheme (NSS) has presented a cheque of GH¢11,538.00 to John Kwaku Tandoh, an ailing service personnel, to enable him undergo a kidney transplant.
He is on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and has since January been on dialysis.
Doctors estimate the cost of the operation to be GH¢50,000.00.
Presenting the cheque, Mr Kwesi Quainoo, the Regional Director, said the scheme was deeply touched by the plight of the young man.
He said although the patient had been diagnosed of the disease long before he started his mandatory national service, they felt the NSS should do its bit to aid his treatment.
The mother of the patient, Madam Akosua Boatemaa, thanked the NSS for the donation and appealed for additional public support.
The patient, aged 27, is a graduate of the School of Agriculture, University of Cape Coast (UCC), and was posted to the Bosomtwe District Office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for his national service.
Meanwhile, the Head of KATH’s Dialysis Centre, has expressed concern about the upsurge in kidney-related diseases seen at the facility.
Dr Amoako Atta said about 20 new cases are recorded weekly – an, indeed, disturbing trend.
He said increasing intake of herbal medicines, aphrodisiac and failure to go for regular checkups are some causes that could be attributed to the situation.
He recommended less fatty foods and the eating of more fruits and vegetables.
Dialysis is the artificial process of getting rid of waste (diffusion) and unwanted water (ultra filtration) from the blood.
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