The Netherlands and Suriname will cooperate more closely in the medical field. A new outpatient clinic for kidney diseases is being opened today in Paramaribo.
The so-called Diaspora Medical Team, consisting of Dutch and Surinamese doctors, will address problems for which Surinam now lacking knowledge and specialization. The cooperation is part of a strategy by the new President Santokhi to strengthen ties with the Netherlands again.
“ Because of large growth in kidney patients in Suriname, this was chosen as the first project,” says Krishna Khargi, cardiac surgeon at Amsterdam UMC, in the NPO Radio 1 programme News & Co. “It consists of two components: setting up medical services, and the training and training of doctors and nurses in Surinam. This creates a lasting relationship and allows us to transfer knowledge.”
Much too high
Suriname has a growing number of kidney patients. There are now more than 800, which is far too high in a country with a population of less than 600,000.
It is planned that the medical team will help about ten to fifteen people a year. “Without kidney transplantation, patients have a poorer quality of life and die sooner. And dialysis is a very expensive form of concern,” says Khargi. “With transplants, we can improve those three aspects.”
One of the first patients to receive a kidney transplant soon is the 56-year-old Ronald Sabajo. He‘s been a kidney patient for 16 years, he needs dialysis four times a week. He used to be healthy, but because he worked for years in gold mining with poisonous mercury fumes and had malaria several times, his kidneys are severely affected.
Sabajo can’t wait for it to come. “I don‘t want to sit in that chair all my life,” he says CounterCCITT correspondent Nina Jurna. “I’ve been hospitalized so many times, I‘ve had so many setbacks. I’ve been wanting a transplant for a long time and I hope it will work.”
Kidney transplants were until recently impossible in the country. This while Sabajo has a kidney donor for several years; his older sister Talisha is willing to give a kidney to her brother. “If I could help him, it would really be a relief for the family,” says Talisha. “That he‘s back to the normal Ronald, doing his thing. That’s why I thought: why not?”.
If all the studies prove to be good, Sabajo will soon get his new kidney. “Great,” he calls it. “I have no words for that.”