According to the minister, the country has fifty doctors specializing in the treatment of kidney diseases, most of whom are concentrated in the capital: "The country has 50 nephrologists and around 80 percent are in the province of Luanda", she said, cited by Angop.
On the occasion, she also announced that 65 specialists are being trained, with the aim of having nephrologists in all provinces.
According to the minister, at the moment, there are only hemodialysis centers in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela, Huambo, Moxico, Malanje, Bié and Huíla. However, the aim is to increase the number, by 2027, throughout the country, as in addition to continuing to "reinforce issues linked to health promotion, disease prevention" and early diagnosis, they estimate that they have "a large number of patients with kidney failure (...) and who need to undergo hemodialysis every year", he said, quoted by Rádio Nacional de Angola (RNA).
José Malanda, president of Nephrology at the Angolan Medical Association, said, in statements to Angop, that the majority of patients are between the ages of 18 and 45, some of whom were diagnosed in a chronic phase.
The official also made it known that the mortality rate is between 18 and 22 percent, adding that each treatment session varies from 300 to 450 dollars, writes Angop.