The Japanese government donated 10 Hemo and Petritoneal dialysis machines for kidney treatment to Lesotho, a move which Deputy Prime Minister, Monyane Moleleki said has plugged a huge gap in tackling such a medical challenge in the country.
A large number of Basotho have to pay hefty medical bills for kidney treatments in South African hospitals because Lesotho private clinics do not provide hemodialysis cure for chronic renal failure patients.
Hemo and Peritoneal dialysis is a medical process that removes toxins from blood after kidney failure or collapse.
Moleleki on Friday thanked the Japanese for the donated items.
Moleleki said Lesotho’s Ministry of Health has worked so hard in the fight against communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
Mr Lelingoane Limema was the first patient to go through dialysis treatment using the donated machines.
“The government of Lesotho is so proud that Mr Limema is being treated locally without having to go through expensive treatment very far from home.
“He is the first patient to be prepared to receive kidney donor in the country from Lesotho’s health facilities,” Mr Moleleki said.
According to Moleleki, the Ministry of Health is yet to establish where kidney transplantation will be carried out as another act to show the government’s commitment and determination to extend health services to every Mosotho.
Health Minister, Nyapane Kaya said Hemp and Peritoneal dialysis would not be offered for free at government hospitals, but will be at lower costs compared to what Basotho paid towards treatment in neighbouring South Africa.
A relative of the first patient to be treated, Mojabeng Mohloki said members of his family are satisfied and appreciate the Health Ministry choosing Limema as the first patient to go through kidney treatment.
“Limema has been going to South Africa for treatment, but because of financial problems he was forced to stop. The sickness also forced him to drop out of university, and it got the family stressed because we couldn’t see how his future would be without education,” Ms Mohloki said.