Currently, as many as 2,500 patients suffer from chronic kidney diseases in Oman with 24 dialysis centres spread across the sultanate providing services to them.
Dr Yaqoub bin Ahmed al Maimani, head of the Kidney Dialysis Centre in Bausher, informed that an increase in the number of patients prompted the setting up of 24 dialysis centres with 373 beds.
Of these, the centre in Bausher, established in 1998, is the oldest and biggest. Its operations began with 28 beds for 120 patients, which expanded to 52 beds in 2020, serving more than 350 patients in 24 hours.
“Statistics indicate that the number of patients suffering from chronic renal failure in Oman has reached 2,500, of which more than 600 patients are in Muscat. There are three dialysis centres in the governorate – in Bausher, Seeb and a small unit in Quriyat Hospital. The three combined have 95 beds.”
According to Dr Maimani, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain genetic diseases, besides blockage of urinary tract, are among the most important causes of kidney and urinary tract conditions.
He described changing one’s lifestyle to follow a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining blood sugar, treating high blood pressure, avoiding excessive use of pain relievers and drinking a lot of water as among the most important ways to prevent chronic kidney diseases.