The information was advanced by the coordinator of the centers, João Bispo, who considered the reality to be dramatic, speaking of financial asphyxiation of the institutions. “The staff has not received salaries for five months and by the end of the month there will no longer be material for treating patients. I fear that some will die for lack of assistance ”, he said, quoted by Angop.
The official added that, currently, patients have only two treatment sessions per week, with three recommended. Hemodialysis is also conditioned by the lack of means: “There are currently only two patients undergoing dialysis here in Benguela, when the machines should all be occupied”.
João Bispo also referred that the purchase of essential drugs and products is also conditioned, taking into account the recurring financial difficulties. "Suppliers no longer want to make these means available on credit, they want prompt payment and we don't have that money," he explained.
The case is already known to the competent authorities, and the provincial director of Health in Benguela, Manuel Cabinda, said that he is already in contact with the Ministry of Health, having the information that he is working on a solution together with the portfolio. of Finance.
"We hope that the patients continue to do their dialysis process normally and that they do not worry about this situation, because, we are doing everything to solve it", he said, quoted by the same publication.
The hemodialysis centers in Benguela and Lobito currently assist 250 patients with renal failure.