On Wednesday, 15th August 2018, history was made when Dr. Severin Schwan CEO of Roche Group worldwide paid a working visit to Zenith Medical & Kidney Centre, Abuja. Zenith Hospital has attained the position as Nigeria’s number 1 centre for treatment and management of kidney disease and is located at Atom Kpera Close, Off Joseph Gomwalk Street, Gudu, Abuja while Roche Group Worldwide has more than 18,000 employees working on research and development to deliver medical innovations.
The visit afforded the Roche Chief Executive Officer the opportunity to see first hand, the well equipped ultra-modern units and departments that makes ZMKC to be rated among the world best centres for kidney treatment including Transplants.
The highlight of the day was the signing of a memorandum of understanding (m.o.u) between Roche and ZMKC on premium medicines and diagnostic procedures in order to provide unlimited availability and access at very affordable prices which is the first of its kind in Nigeria. The contract is poised to deliver qaulity and effective healthcare services at a low cost for all patients of ZMKC.
In a chat with leisure quest magazine before the event, Dr. Olatise Olalekan: MD Zenith Hospital, Abuja said he was particularly excited about the event, because the signing of the of the m.o.u will ensure that Zenith Medical and Kidney Centre can now get the drugs for the treatment and care of the kidney before and after transplant. He said before now most Transplant patients often find it difficult to cope with the cost of the drugs they are required to take routinely to ensure that the good result from the surgery is maintained all through their lifetime.
He also hoped that with this development the hospital will be able to sell these drugs with as much as 30% discount from the usual prices of the drugs, thereby making it more affordable and easily within reach.
THE FACILITIES AND PERSONNEL AT ZENITH MEDICAL AND KIDNEY CENTRE
ZMKC provide Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) in form of 24hrs haemodialysis and kidney transplant services.
ZMKC dialysis currently offer hemodialysis and hemodiafiltration services and they have a capacity of twenty five (25) fully functional hemodialysis and hemodiafiltration machines which includes Fresenius 5008S, 40008S, Nipro Surdial X HDF, Braun Dialog X and Gambro AK98 Bio Version. Fresenius 6008S coming soon.
Most of their patients have a central line for accessing haemodialysis and the central line is done in ZMKC by their Resident consultant Nephologist while AV fistulas and graft are done by vascular surgeon.