Cuba expands healthcare capacity to provide kidney treatments

Dr. Forster Amponsah is one of two surgeons at the Koforidua Regional Hospital in Ghana. Trained in Cuba, he came home because he felt his skills were needed in Africa.

While a multidisciplinary group in Cuba makes achievement in researching the sequels left by Covid-19 in the renal system, the hospitals’ capacity to attend to patients who need hemodialysis has increased in eastern Camagüey province.
Public Health in Cuba, which provides the best care to patients affected by the pandemic and develops the study at the Nephrology Institute, is now expanding its potentialities to provide renal therapy.

In statements to the Cuban News Agency (CAN), Provincial Public Health Director Reynaldo Pons informed about the completion of the works in the first semester of 2021.

The Institute is being built by the local hospital and will be equipped with five artificial kidneys, which will be acquired thanks to a fund from an international project, Pons noted.

Camagüey, which has a population of nearly 800,000, has the infrastructure necessary to provide kidney treatments in the municipalities of Florida and Nuevitas, and at the Manuel Ascunce Domenech University Hospital in the provincial capital.

Cuba is developing the research on the effects caused by Covid-19 on patients who suffer from kidney insufficiency, based on international information, according to which active Covid-19 patients show kidney alterations resulting from acute kidney impairment.

Raul Herrera, leader of the research team, made up of experts from Havana’s Salvador Allende Clinical Surgical Hospital, noted that the new coronavirus uses blood to transmit itself, and the kidney is one of the most vascularized organs.

Source: Prensa Latina