Renal patients who have been depending on private hospitals for dialysis will soon have better facilities at the Kozhikode District Hospital in Vadakara. The Dhanwanthari Dialysis Centre attached to the hospital will get 40 more new machines apart from the existing 11 machines under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram by the end of the month.
According to the hospital authorities, the commissioning of the new machines will increase the capacity of the dialysis centre to serve more patients at free of cost. They point out that at least 240 persons will be able to avail of the service daily with the proposed upgrade of equipment.
The Central government fund of ₹2.11 crore will be spent for the purchase of additional machines to support the dialysis unit which has been serving patients for over nine years. Along with the commissioning of new machines, the hospital authorities will also seek the aid of both the State and Central governments to replace old machines and a few faulty ones.
The support of the Kozhikode District Panchayat and other charity organisations is expected to mobilise funds for arranging the required number of beds for the Intensive Care Units (ICU) at the dialysis centre. The plan is to mobilise funds for the purchase of 40 ICU beds.
“This facility is utilised by people from financially backward families. Those who come to us are hardly capable of meeting treatment expenses in private hospitals,” says a doctor at the district hospital. He also adds that the centre was opened several years ago with the support and contributions of people’s representatives and charity organisations. The Hindu