The Ministry of Health (MoH) disclosed on Tuesday that preparation is underway to begin the full treatment of kidney related diseases in the country, something that has been the most unaffordable and chronicle disease among the society.
While presenting the nine-month performance report before the House of Peoples' Representatives (HPR,) Minister of Health, Dr Kesetebirhan Admassu said the dialysis and kidney transplant treatment would fully begin in a year's time.
"Even though there have not been well researched documents regarding kidney diseases in the country, it can be understood that the seriousness of the disease is spreading widely from the number of hospital goers in search of treatment."
He further indicated that in order to meet the demand of beneficiaries, preparation work has begun to plant additional machines at St Paulos Hospital, open a dialysis center in Zewditu Hospital and other hospitals in Addis Ababa as well as in the regional states.
The Minister further underlined that the purchasing of medical equipment and laboratory chemicals and medicinal items are under process.
Highlighting a prior pre-requisite before launching the kidney treatment, the Minister told MPs a new regulation has been endorsed by the Council of Ministers to protect illegal theft and trade of kidneys.
In the same report, the Minister also told the parliament that the country has so far succeeded at reducing the level of HIV aids infection by 90 percent as the prevalence rate has decreased from 0.28 percent to 0.03 percent.
Kesetebirhan further reported that the number of people attending Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) has shown a remarkable increase with the increased awareness of the society.