The construction work of the first dialysis unit at the district hospital has been completed and the officials will hand over the facility to a private hospital of Varanasi for installation of 10 dialysis machines. The much-delayed dialysis unit, which was earlier scheduled to become functional by March last year, will finally open in July. A 10-bed ward with 10 dialysis machines will come up under private public partnership. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the government and the Heritage Hospital, Varanasi, which will set up the machines here.
Dr KS Gupta, the hospital’s chief medical superintendent, said, “The construction and other works have been completed. We have received the transformer which will be installed this week. We will now hand over the unit to officials of Heritage Hospital for installation of machines. As the work will be completed by this month, the dialysis unit will become functional in July.’’ The unit will come up next to nursing school in the second building of the hospital. The state government had released ₹10 lakh for setting up of this unit. This will be the first government dialysis unit and will help in treatment of patients suffering from chronic kidney ailments. “A large number of kidney patients are unable to get proper treatment as the facility is very expensive in private hospitals in the city. However, such patients will be treated at the district hospital,’’ said Gupta.
According to health department officials, the state government had approved dialysis units in 18 district hospitals, including the one in Bareilly. It was reported that UP has a severe shortage of dialysis facility. According to a health department estimate, there are 1.83 lakh dialysis patients in UP and only 150 dialysis machines. Most of these machines are available in private hospitals. According to norms, there should be 120 dialysis machines per 1000 patients which means UP requires nearly 20,000 machines to help its patients suffering from kidney diseases. – TOI