Hemodialysis Patients in Fear as Water and Material Shortage Hikes

The plight of Dialysis patients who depend on the Buea Hemodialysis Centre for care is reaching fever pitch as even water have become so scares to the extent that on world kidney day, patients traveled from all over the region to be dialysed but had to go for a week without dialysis because of lack of water in the regional Hospital.

As the centre and the patients complain, there was shortage of dialyzing kits but after provision of 100 kits by the director of the Regional Hospital in Ebolova on request from his colleague in Buea, although it could only last for a week, they were hooked by the lack of water in a centre. As the process demands patient treatment can’t go without sufficient water. The water crisis in Buea has become an every-day issue although broken pipes and gushing water is what the streets look, when in hospital patients are not provided with just the needed quantity to aid their vital treatment. The Buea Hemodialysis centre has 8 functioning machines out of 10 serving over 60 patients and as experts explained, the machines are being overused reason why two machines have broken down when patient’s needs are increasing and demanding more attention together with proper care that is both in material needs and other items like water that is a primary need.

Sometime ago, patients at the hemodialysis centre were on strike due to lack of water that was not supplied to the Dialysis centre that can’t do without water but it was not provided for a week. On a phone interview with the SG of Hemodialysis Patients association, Mr. Victor Nkwanyuo, he noted that with the emergency situation, an ambulance was dispatched to fetch water and an emergency meeting held with the Mayor of Buea and Secretary General at the South West governor’s office to discuss on how to avoid the issue from repeating itself.

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Bokoko Village Unveils New Traditional Council Building

The traditional council hall for the Bokoko community constructed with over 73 million and equipped with 100 plastic chairs, a deep freezer, 20 tables, Flat screen TV set among other items were donated to the Bokoko community by Dr. Charles Namme Menyoli of Fakoship business enterprise.

The council building is said to be aimed at uniting and bringing the Bokoko community together whenever there is an occasion. As the chief Isaac Eko puts it, they have been clamoring for many things, including a council hall which he says has been constructed and donated to them without any strings attached. In the chief’s words, even detractors are happy with what they are seeing. Present at the inaugurating ceremony, was the Divisional officer for Buea, Paul Koam who lauded the initiative as he encouraged people to give back to the communities where they benefit from. Permission was also given for bar to be operated at the inaugurated council building as a means to raise money which in turn can be used to maintain the structure.

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New Traditional Council Hall

Water crisis Worsen In SW as World Water Day is Being Celebrated

The Southwest region joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 24th edition of World water day although water crisis in the region are reaching peak levels as taps are fast running dry and many have turned to bore holes, rain water, unclean streams and bottle water for those who can afford it.

The results of the water crisis has been felt mostly by the student population who resort to some sources of water that are not often good for consumption and has landed many in hospital beds especially with the typhoid ailment that has become very common and well known illness suffered by most students. The crisis felt by most of the population has had different reactions from different sectors even patients at the Dialysis have been irked many times due to lack of water at the centre leading to strikes. Although the problem of water crisis has largely been blamed on the fact that the population is far bigger than the initial number for tanks capacity that the water source was meant to provide for, broken pipes are hardly been repaired and instead of preserving and rationing the insufficient water to serve the population, a large quantity of the water is wasted as it flows freely on streets, where many have to carry water from instead of going to taps.

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Broken and neglected pipes, resulting in a lot of wastage

The day in the Southwest was celebration was celebrated at Mutengene under the theme, ‘Water and jobs’ where the need for the sector ministry to step in in solving the crisis was reiterated. It was also mentioned that Mutengene Water project had been approved and costs over 768 million FCFA and it is predicted that the water crisis in the town and its surrounding villages would be resolved with the execution of the project. The water crisis issue as expert said can partly be blamed on climate change, noting that over 1.5 billion people are going without potable water while one out of every five deaths is being caused by water related issues. However, as Sectary General at the Southwest governor’s office say, some 100 bore holes would be drilled in the region to curb water crisis.

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