New Delhi: India gets 1.5 lakh (150,000) patients with kidney failures every year and a majority of them die within five years due to the acute shortage of dialysis units in the country, an expert said Friday.
Hemodialysis treatment is very expensive. A patient normally receives dialysis at least thrice a week, and monthly expenses amount to Rs.30, 000. The medicines are also equally costly and a majority of the patients are not able to afford this treatment.Adding to the problem, health insurance policies do not cover the cost of dialysis owing to the high cost, he said.Rana also noted the acute shortage of the trained medical professionals in India. At present, there are only 1,000 nephrologists while 20,000 are required. There is also acute shortage of dialysis technologists and nurses.The situation is expected to get worse, he said.The International Diabetes Foundation has reported approximately 54 million diabetic patients in India in 2010, and the number is likely to touch 70 million by the year 2025. Every third patient suffering from diabetes mellitus develops chronic kidney disease. Majority of these patients will die of coronary artery disease or a stroke and only a minority reaches the stages of end stage renal failure.Rana urged the NGOs and the corporate sector to set up standalone dialysis facilities in small towns, affiliated with reputed hospitals in metros, to serve the needs of poor patients.IANS
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