The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has officially rejected a slew of requests from Kenyans seeking to sell organs to the country’s main referral hospital.
The hospital’s management says they’ve been getting a lot of requests from people who want to sell their kidneys.
‘How much for my kidney?’ is the most often asked question, according to the hospital’s social media accounts on Monday evening.
The KNH has underlined, however, that the sale of kidneys, as well as all organs, is still banned in the country, and that people can only donate voluntarily.
“Please note that organ sale is strictly prohibited and illegal. You can only donate out of free will,” said the hospital.
In Kenya, an alarming surge in renal diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure is driving the demand for Kidneys.
The Ministry of Health estimates show that 4 million Kenyans have chronic kidney disease with a significant proportion of this population progressing to kidney failure.
With the grim statistics and high poverty levels, some Kenyans have willingly offered to sell their kidneys for as much as Ksh 3 million.