Govt releases, 10 lac to each district hospital
Srinagar, Dec 20: In a major relief to poor patients of chronic kidney disease, the dialysis facility will soon be available at the all District hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The government is making arrangements to start dialysis units at District hospitals. The facility would first be extended to 12 hospitals, 6 from Jammu and 6 Kashmir and then would be taken to other hospitals,” Minister of the state for Health Asiya Naqash said.
Jammu and Kashmir has a severe shortage of facility of dialysis, a life-saving process for patients with kidney failure.
Asiya further said that the government has already started the project and has released 10 lac to each District hospital across the state. “On pilot basis, the free dialysis for Kashmir patients will start in JLNM and District Hospital Anantanag,” she claimed.
She added that within two months, the free dialysis will be available in 12 hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Minister said that the state government had submitted the proposal for starting dialysis to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the program implementation plan of National Health Mission. “The Union Ministry has extended full support for establishment of dialysis units at district level, with the provision of providing free of cost dialysis to patients belonging to BPL category and charging others the minimum cost,” she maintained.
The move hopes to tide over the shortage of dialysis beds in government hospitals. As of now, only few government hospitals are equipped with the facility and the available resource is quite skewed.
There are two dialysis units in SMHS Hospital and eight at SKIMS Soura. Eight new dialysis units were added to the infrastructure of Government Medical College Srinagar, at Super-Specialty Hospital, GMC Srinagar.
As per the reports a patient has to pay about Rs 1500 per session at government hospitals. The same costs at least Rs 6,000-8,000 in the private sector. Depending on the condition a patient needs 10-12 sessions per month, making it rather unaffordable.
One of the doctors in nephrology department SKIMS said that the demand of Dialysis would swell in future keeping in mind the projected increase in number of patients suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.
Many states have already put in place dialysis centers, supported by GoI, or on public-private partnership, at various hospitals, to increase access to this service.
Union Health Ministry recently approved Rs 200 lakhs for J&K for “provision of free dialysis services to the poor” based on the proposal submitted by state government. The funding is part of Union Budget 2016-17 for starting of ‘National Dialysis Programme’ under NHM, the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme was rolled out in 2016. (KNS)