Dialysis made affordable in Bangalore
There are more than 20 lakh patients with renal failure in the country and less than 2% can avail dialysis treatment. But however KC General Hospital has set up a dialysis unit where they charge just Rs. 250 for a dialysis session.
People often encounter renal failure due to common diseases like diabetes, hypertension and chronic problems. When kidneys are unable to remove unwanted toxins and fluids from the blood, it is done through the process of dialysis which needs to be done in a repetitive manner and can be quite expensive.
To tackle this problem a dialysis unit has been set-up at the government-run K.C. General Hospital in Malleswaram. This has come as a blessing for scores of others in the city's western parts besides patients from villages around the city.
“So far, we have performed 5,532 dialyses on 48 patients. All are from the lower strata of society. Our rates are cheaper than what is charged at the Institute of Nephro Urology and a fraction of what private hospitals charge,” said M. Vishwaradhya, Medical Superintendent, K.C. General Hospital.
Started in collaboration with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the unit runs with eight machines in two shifts. “Except Sundays, the unit is open all week. While we charge Rs. 250 for each dialysis, we spend Rs. 600 on consumables and other services for each patient. About half of this amount is reimbursed by the State Government and the rest by us with funds from the Arogya Raksha Samithi,” the doctor said.
Although the Government had promised to add four more machines to the unit, they are yet to come. “The unit is running on donations by philanthropists. Patients referred by these donors are treated for free. We have a waiting list of 56 patients. The additional machines will help us treat more,” Dr. Vishwaradhya said.
Kidney diseases can be broadly classified as chronic and acute. Chronic kidney diseases may be caused by problems in other parts of the body and can be reversed once the underlying problem is set right. Kidney functioning is affected mainly by diabetes. There are two treatment options available to a person suffering from ESRD - dialysis and renal transplant.
Haemodialysis is a process by which the blood is cleansed by an artificial kidney, a machine that removes the wastes by diffusion. An ESRD patient usually undergoes it thrice a week. Dialysis entails a high recurring expenditure.
Source: The Hindu
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