Asaase Foundation supports more hospitals with dialysis machines

The dialysis machine for the Upper East Regional Hospital was its first ever and required installation from scratch

The Asaase Foundation has begun rolling out its new batch of dialysis machines from the St Helier Hospital in Surrey, England, by installing two sets of equipment at the Bono Regional Hospital in Sunyani and the Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga.

The work was done in June and July on behalf of the foundation by Biggybrokk Ghana Ltd.

Much of the basic construction work for Bono Regional Hospital took place in 2022 to enable the Asaase Foundation to donate a first machine that year to the Sunyani renal unit.

A second machine donated by the foundation to the hospital was calibrated and installed in June 2023.

Biggybrokk carried out a test run in the presence of technicians, nurses and the hospital’s chief
biomedical engineer and approved the machine as fit for purpose.

The nurses and technicians of the Bono Regional Hospital’s renal unit were also trained on how to operate the machine and offered additional training in handling basic technical problems.

The dialysis machine for the Upper East Regional Hospital, however, was its first ever and required installation from scratch.

The work by Biggybrokk includes building and calibration of a reverse osmosis plant, as well as installation of additional equipment from the Asaase Foundation.

Seven machines allocated

The new batch of 13 state-of-the-art Fresenius CorDiax 5008S dialysis machines was procured for the Asaase Foundation with the assistance of Anita Abena Amoako, a trustee of The Kidney Fund in the UK and kidney transplant survivor of Ghanaian origin who lives in England.

The Kidney Fund raises money for research to enable the treatment of kidney disease and is working towards the eventual elimination of the disease.

So far this year, the Asaase Foundation has allocated seven dialysis machines to health facilities across Ghana to meet the rising need for kidney care services. The seven machines are all from the batch donated by the renal unit of the St Helier Hospital.

Each of the new machines is worth in excess of US$21,000 if purchased new on the open market.

Ms Abena Amoako was herself the beneficiary of a kidney transplant in 2017. She works to raise awareness of kidney disease among black people in the UK, supports renal care patients and sources equipment for a range of kidney health-care organisations.

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