Kilifi, KENYA: A 22 year old boy suffering from kidney failure is seeking financial help from the government and well-wishers, so as to enable him get treatment.
Joseph Ziro Ngowa, a university student at the African Nazarene University pursuing a degree in Computer science says the problem started ten years ago.
He says for the past ten years, his parents have been trying hard to treat him locally and maintain his condition due to lack of enough funds to cater for a major treatment.
Speaking to Baraka FM on Wednesday at Mombasa hospital; where he is currently undertaking medication, Ziro said the situation is worsening day after day and is concerned that he needs to get treatment as soon as possible.
“This kidney problem started in August 2006 when I was in standard seven. For all that time my parents have been trying their best to treat me. My plea is to the government and donors to assist me get medication,” added Ziro.
According to family members, the expenses incurred by him staying at the hospital, are too high for them to sustain.
Josfida Nyamvula, a sister to Joseph who has been nursing him ever since he was admitted at Mombasa hospital almost a week ago, says the cost for a day’s medication is not less than a hundred thousand.
“We came here on Wednesday last week when my brother was very sick with most of his body parts swollen,” said Nyamvula.
“Since then we have been using almost a hundred thousand shillings daily for his medication a cost that as a family we are certain it’s too high to cater,” added Nyamvula.
Already they have spent over sh 700,000/- for the days Joseph has been hospitalized.
The total cost of his treatment is estimated to be sh. 2 million.