Few weeks ago, we brought you a report about how Gombe State can only boast of one dialysis machine.

Well, the Gombe State Commissioner for Health Dr. Ishaya Kenedy has confirmed the report.

The Health Commissioner who spoke to Bounce News on the telephone on Thursday said the chances of people with kidney related ailments to surviving in the state are becoming slimmer every passing minute.

“The absence of Dialysis Center in the Specialist Hospital and that the increasing number of patients in need of dialysis was what gave birth to the idea of establishment of a dialysis center in the State.

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He said that the state government had supported the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH) in the with five dialysis machines. However, services at the dialysis center of the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe is epileptic due to lack of enough functioning machines.

Reacting to the 120 patients traveling from Gombe to Bauchi for dialysis every week, the commissioner said, “Before now, they used to travel to Kano, Bauchi and even Jos, everybody was on his own, so when we realized that the number of patients that need dialysis has increased, his excellency agreed that we should support those that cannot afford to pay. 

The Gombe State Government is said to have approved 253 million naira for the purchase of six dialysis machines for the five years 41 million naira dialysis center built in the state Specialist Hospital. 

However, according to Maternal Newborn and Child Health Coalition (MNCHC) in Gombe, the delay in releasing the money has continued to pose threats and has made Bauchi state a place of refuge for kidney patients from the state. This according to the Dr. Kenedy would soon be a thing of the past.

“The last time I spoke with the contractor he told me that he has imported the machines from Germany. So he is now waiting for our own part of the bargain; that is to give them some money to commence the operations”.