85 patients on waiting list for dialysis because Saint Lucia hospitals lack resources — 2015 stats

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85 patients on waiting list for dialysis because Saint Lucia hospitals lack resources — 2015 stats
File photo of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (centre) and Health Minister Mary Isaac with a dialysis patient at a local hospital.

(SNO/GIS) — As Saint Lucia joined global sensitization efforts on kidney disease in observance of World Kidney Day on March 14, officials also released statistics from 2015 which gave an idea of how much the island is affected by the disease.

In 2015, there were 95 patients on dialysis between St. Jude and Victoria hospitals, with a waiting list of 85, officials revealed in a Government Information Service (GIS) report.

“Patients on the waiting list are those who require dialysis treatment, but cannot be treated because the hospitals do not have the resources for dialysis,” the report stated.

Saint Lucia also recorded 150 patients with stage four kidney disease in 2015, and 172 documented stage-three patients, officials further disclosed.

Local health officials said World Kidney Day called on everyone to advocate for “concrete measures” to battle kidney disease in all countries.

These included encouraging and adopting healthy lifestyles, making screening for kidney diseases a primary healthcare intervention, and calling for transparent policies governing equitable and sustainable access to advanced healthcare services.

The theme for World Kidney Day 2019 was “Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere”.

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  1. THE HEALTH SYSTEM FAILS US ALL .MONIES ARE BEING SPENT ON THE WRONG THINGS WHILE OUR HOSPITALS SUFFER.QUESTION I WONDER WHY WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BUY A CAT SCAN MACHINE FOR VH BUT WE HAVE MONEY TO THROW ON USELESS THINGS .

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  2. And all that money waste on fire works, while ppl losing their life for lack of medical care. Any government which will put health care first, has my vote.

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  3. I would be happy to try to delay dialysis for all of these patients with kidney failure. I have been using the same protocol for the past 25 years with excellent results. My first thousand patients ‘ outcomes were published in 2002. See paper #1 at GenoMed.com (click on “Publications”).

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  4. I would be happy to try to delay dialysis for all of these patients with kidney failure. I have been using the same protocol for the past 25 years with excellent results. My first thousand patients ‘ outcomes were published in 2002. See paper #1 at GenoMed.com (click on “Publications”).

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  5. Yet still we show no sense of urgency on this matter. For example ,money on extravagant celebrations to represent us turning 40 whiles our ppl die because of lack of interest from both government and private sector, to contribute more to those machines and mentainance of them . Wake up !! Stop the politics because people will just continue to die from neglect .

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