‘To control renal failures, we have to control hypertension and diabetes’
Srinagar: Athrout – a charitable organisation – on Tuesday opened a dialysis centre at the newly constructed building in Nawa Kadal area of downtown Srinagar.
48 patients have been registered at the eight-bedded dialysis centre, Chairman Athrout Dr Bashir Nadvi told Kashmir Reader.
He said Athrout is now able to conduct dialysis of 14 patients in two shifts per day. “The chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients have to go for dialysis for maximum eight times in a month. For the first three months, it is done free for the ‘very poor people’ registered at our centre. After three months, if no one donates for dialysis section, then these ‘very poor patients’ will be provided only three dialysis free of cost, and for the remaining five, they have to pay Rs 900 for which we will provide them free dialyzer and emergency medicine,” he said.
Dr Nadvi said if people donate for dialysis purpose, then the ‘very poor people’ need not pay anything.
He said kidney disorders have increased to an alarming level in Kashmir. Doctors believe those patients who are suffering from hypertension and diabetes, are more prone to kidney failure, he said.
“The increase is attributed to changing eating habits, high salted foods, junk food, street and self medication,” Dr Nadvi said. “The situation could be more serious if chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not diagnosed on time.”
Dr Saleem Najjar, Ex HOD Department of Nephrology at SKIMS and MD in dialysis section at Athrout said if hypertension and diabetes are controlled in Kashmir, the number of CKD patients will decrease.
“To control renal failures, we have to control hypertension and diabetes,” Dr Saleem said. “Kashmir has become home of hypertension and diabetes patients. Every family has one or two such patients, which means that there is a risk of kidney disorder in every family.”
He said there is a dire need to create awareness regarding such diseases. People must avoid pain killers and other Nephro toxine drugs, he said.
Dr Saleem added, “In Kashmir, once a person is declared CKD patient, he/she has no connection with government hospital and they either have to go for life time dialysis or transplant in private sectors. Government must build government dialysis centres where people can afford the cost of dialysis because they have to continue with this for the life.”
The centre was inaugurated by Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman who hailed the Athrout for providing such services to CKD patients. He appreciated the team for using fluid only two times during dialysis.