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Dialysis Unit Opens at JL Nehru District Hospital in Rudrapur

A 10-bed kidney dialysis center opened at Jawahar Lal Nehru district hospital on Saturday. The facility, which is operated on a public -private-partnership (PPP) model, was inaugurated by district magistrate (DM) Neeraj Kharwal and Local BJP legislator Rajkumar Thukral. Both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Ayushman card holders will be given free treatment here. According to sources, more than 1000 patients in the district and nearby areas suffer from renal disorders, with one or both kidneys non-functional. Government hospitals in the district needed dialysis machines to address the issue. The state government partnered with Rahi Care Private Ltd. to set up a kidney dialysis unit in the district. DM Kharwal said, “An Intensive Care Unit (ICU) will also be operational at the hospital from next month. An oxygen plant will also be established. The free-of-cost service will work on a first- come-first-serve basis.” The unit can cater to ten patients in a single shift. With one patient undergoing dialysis on alternate days, the facility can treat up to 60 patients a month. Speaking at the inauguration, MLA Thukral said the state government is committed to providing sophisticated medical facilities at government hospitals for the benefit of the poor and the middle class. “The state currently faces shortage of such units and the government hopes all 13 districts can have a dialysis unit,” said Thukral. – TOI

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