Assam Govt to provide free dialysis to patients in 17 hospitals

New Delhi/ Guwahati: In a huge support for the patients with kidney failure, the Assam Government has announced to provide free hemo-dialysis facilities in 18 hospitals of the state.

The free dialysis facilities would be provided free under public-private partnership model as part of the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme under National Health Mission, said Assam’s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The initiative, which will be a huge sense of relief for patients with kidney failure from economically section of the society, the state government began the first dialysis in Nalbari district and by June 20 will be started in rest of the 17 hospitals.

The other places where free dialysis will be provided by June 20 are Darrang’s Mangaldai Civil Hospital, Sonitpur’s Kanaklata Civil Hospital and Tezpur Medical College and Hospital, Tinsukia’s LGB Civil Hospital, Morigaon Civil Hospital, Barpeta’s Medical College and Bongaigaon District Hospital.

The Health minister said that the private partner to implement the dialysis programme will be Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Chennai which has been chosen through detailed selection process by National Health Mission, Assam and the agreement has been signed for a period of five years.

Hemo-Dialysis machines with four years of free Comprehensive Maintenance Contract will be provided free of cost to Assam government by Fairfax India Charitable Trust as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility and in the fifth year CMC will be paid by the service provider with no cost to the government, Sarmah said.

A total of 105 Hemo-Dialysis machines have been allocated for the 18 centres across Assam and so far 45 machines have been installed at eight facilities to be functional by June 20, the minister added.

The patients can directly walk into the Dialysis Centres where their clinical documentation (past clinical history, viral screening details – HCV,HBsAG, HIV) will be verified.

The patients will be then referred to the Consultant Nephrologist or government institution for advice on dialysis.

The number of Indians suffering from chronic kidney ailments has doubled in the past 15 years, and at present 17 in every hundred citizens suffer from some form of kidney disease, according to Nephrologists.

They say that several Indian population-based studies in the past estimated that some 150-230 persons suffer from End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) in every million people, and about 2,20,000-2,75,000 new patients need Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) every year.

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