Qatar provides $18 million to Ethiopia kidney center

The Government of Qatar has signed agreement with the Ministry of Finance of Ethiopia to provide $18 million for a kidney treatment center under construction in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Mr. Khalifa bin Jassem Al-Kuwari. Director General of Qatar Fund for Development and Mr. Admasu Nebebe, State Minister of Ministry of Finance of Ethiopia today signed the agreement. It is stated that the kidney center, which will be six story building, is expected to have 77 beds for treatment of patients with severe kidney problem.

It is also indicated that When completed the new center is expected to provide kidney dialysis services and help combat the growing case of kidney problem in Ethiopia. In Ethiopia the prevalence of chronic kidney disease among hypertensive patients were considerably high, according to a study conducted in 2019 on adult hypertensive patients in Tigray teaching hospitals.

“Of the total 578 hypertensive patients the prevalence of chronic kidney disease was found to be 128 (22.1%). Age, overweight, uncontrolled hypertension and dyslipidemia (an abnormal amount of lipids (e.g. triglycerides, cholesterol and/or fat phospholipids) in the blood) were found to be associated factors of chronic kidney disease,” the study stated.

In Sub Saharan Africa the big alarming is about 32.3% among hypertensive patients have chronic kidney disease.