Hyderabad, August 31 : City based The Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Relief Foundation Trust will open a new Dialysis Centre at Mahavir Hospital & Research Center in city on 1st September at 4 PM.
The new facility will have 24 dailysis machines. 24 new state-of-the-art dialysis machines and ultra modern dialysis station are procured at a cost of over Rs 2.5 crore. This investment was made possible by funding of donors and philanthropists who are committed for the cause. With their financial help, the 24 machines could be procured, which will be put in to us for dialysis services to be provided at concessional rates. Now the poor patients only need to pay Rs 400 per dialysis- as against normal and prevailing rates of around Rs 1200 to Rs 2000, said P C Parakh, Chairman of the Trust
The Bhagwan Mahaveer Dialysis Center will be dedicated to Late. Shri Dhirajlal Tokarshi Kapadia at Mahavri Hospital & Research Center.
M. Gopalakrishna, former special Chief Secretary will be the Chief Guest and Inaugurate the facility. Ajay Sawhney, Principal Secretary, HM & FW and K Dhananjay Reddy, CEO of Arogyashri will grace the inaugural function.
The Centre is spread over 5000 sq.ft. with ultra-modern dialysis stations for the benefit of the needy patients.
In all together, the trust has 62 Dialysis Machines at three different centers in the city.
Adding further Parak informed that The Government of Andhra Pradesh through the Andhra Pradesh Vaidya Vidhan Parishad, the Andhra Pradesh Health and Medical Infrastructure Development Corporation provided over 5,000 square feet of space in District Hospital, King Koti, Hyderabad at no rental costs for setting up the Dialysis centre. The Dialysis centre was setup twoyears ago at a cost of over Rs.2.5 crores is a novel Public-Private partnership module which supports the needy with Government on one side and the NGO on another side.
In the last four years from July 2009 to July 2013, the Trust has provided 1,13,748 subsidized Dialysis to patients helping them to save Rs 10.00 crore on Dialysis. Similarly over 1,04,000 Erithropytene & Iron Injections were provided saving Rs 7.80 crore to the Patients. Trust besides their own Centre also uses facility of five associate hospitals viz. Mahesh Hospitals, Sushrutha, Venus, Sun Shine and C.C. Shroff to prevent Patients traveling long distance for their Dialysis . They can choose any of the seven nearby hospitals as well.
All the funds are raised through Donations from philanthropists, informed Parakh.
The Trust provides Dialysis services at a concessional rate of Rs.400/- for needy patients without any consideration of Caste Creed or Religion. Hyderabad is a diabetic capital. Approximately 7% of the population is diabetic, due to which sometimes kidneys fail. Patients need dialysis, sometimes 8 to 12 times a month depending on their condition. Each dialysis costs anywhere from Rs 1200/- to 2000/-. The cost is so much that needy patients cannot afford dialysis regularly.
A dialysis is the artificial process of getting rid of waste (diffusion) and unwanted water (ultra filtration) from the blood. This process is naturally done by our kidneys. Some people, however, may have failed or damaged kidneys which cannot carry out the function properly – they may need dialysis. In other words, dialysis is the artificial replacement for lost kidney function (renal replacement therapy). Each dialysis machine costs about Rs 6.5 lakh. Hence, dialysis is expensive. We want to serve as many patients as possible by extending dialysis at concessional price says Mr. Parakh.
Those who want to help needy patients may send in their contributions to Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Relief Foundation Trust. More details can be had from Inder Jain on 9885298100 and Ashok Kothari on 9246361041/9666161041. INN