Camaguey, Jul 8.- The service of Nephrology of the teaching general hospital “Martín Chang Puga“, in the coastal municipality of Nuevitas, to the north of this city, attends about 60 patients every day, from this locality and from other municipalities like Sierra de Cubitas , Guáimaro and Minas.
Founded on December 23, 2003, this room has seven artificial kidneys of Fresenius technology and it is the biggest second one of its kind in Camagüey, only preceded by the Center of Nephrology of the university hospital “Manuel Ascunce Domenech”, with more than 30 machines of hemodialysis.
Estela Llanes Veiga, chief of this service in “Martín Chang Puga”, told AIN that the room has two areas, one for patients without hepatitis and other for bearers of this illness, in order to prevent the transmission of the virus. There is also a water treatment plant.
The annual cost of the dialysis procedures ranges from 30 thousand and 40 thousand euro, according to a multicentric study in Spain published in Internet by the digital magazine Nephrology; nevertheless, in Cuba they are offered completely free.
The chronic renal illness affects 10 % of the world population and its main causes are diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure, therefore, the adoption of healthy life styles can prevent his appearance.
In addition to this service, there are other important specialties in the healthcare facilities such as Gynecology, Surgery, Pediatrics and attention to burned, said Fidel Almaguer Navarro, municipal director of Public Health. (AIN/ Radio Cadena Agramonte)