eHEALTH BureauThe Apollo Hospitals Group launched the first standalone dialysis centre in Public Private Partnership with Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). At present, of the 1.5 lakh new patients who suffer from end-stage renal failure annually, only 3,500 get kidney transplants and 6,000 undergo dialysis. After realising the demand for this service which is only going to rise in future, CGHS has decided to step into the standalone model for dialysis as a pilot. The ‘CGHS Apollo Dialysis Centre’ is a pilot project in collaboration with Alliance Medicorp (India) Limited (AML), Chennai, a Joint Venture company of Apollo Health and Lifestyle Ltd (AHLL), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited (AHEL). The area of the centre is spread across 2400 sq ft and is renovated to suit the requirements for providing a state of the art dialysis facility. It has a capacity to dialyse up to 21 cases per day with seven functional dialysis machines and an additional stand-by machine. If efficiently utilised, the centre would be able to undertake 6510 dialysis per year.The venture has been an example of the recent effort of Public Private Partnership (PPP) models in the infrastructure sector mooted by the central and state governments that are now being increasingly pursued to bridge the equity and accessibility gap prevalent in the country’s healthcare. Speaking at the inauguration of the ‘CGHS Apollo Dialysis Centre,’ Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “We express our gratitude to the Central Government for joining hands with Apollo Hospitals in providing world-class healthcare services. Since there is a shortage of good healthcare facilities, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model can help bridge the gap and make world-class services available to CGHS beneficiaries. Apollo Hospitals is also exploring similar PPP opportunities with other State Governments.”As per this agreement AML would be setting up and running a Haemodialysis Centre in CGHS Wellness Centre at Sadiq Nagar, New Delhi as a pilot project with the overall purpose of setting up such Haemodialysis units across the country where CGHS Wellness centres are located. This Public Private Partneshship was achieved in order to provide specialised services to the patients in this area covered under CGHS beneficiary scheme. Sudhir M. Diggikar, CEO, Apollo Health and Lifestyle Ltd asserted, “PPP would bring in private sector expertise along with efficiencies in operations and maintenance, thus leading to improved healthcare service delivery.” Sujata K Rao, Secretary (Health) Govt of India, at the launch function appreciated the effort by Apollo Hospitals to provide state of the art health facilities to the CGHS beneficiaries.