With the tie-up of Medicity Hospitals, Nephroplus has embarked on the launch of its 11th kidney dialysis centre here in South India. So far the firm has established seven dialysis centres in Andhra Pradesh, three in Karnataka and one in Tamil Nadu.
As per the firm’s earlier commitment to launch 100 dialysis centres throughout the country, Nephroplus has initially focused its concentration in south India. “In addition to our focus in South India very soon we are planning to open a unit in New Delhi for which all ground works have already been cleared,” said Vikram Vuppala, CEO, Nephroplus.
The new unit at Medicit Hospitals is equipped with state-of-the-art 10 bedded dialysis unit with full fledged support services, making it Nephroplus’ first centre that can help patients needing kidney transplants.
Another important feature to be noted of this new unit is that, it is specially equipped to accommodate and provide treatment to patients under government’s Aarogyasri Healthcare Scheme.
Earlier many poor patients who were suffering with kidney ailments had to shunt from one hospital to another for getting a specialized kidney treatment. Since this new unit is also aiming to accommodate the Aarogyasri patients, it has come as a great relief to the patients.
“With the launch of this new unit we will be able to conduct kidney transplant surgeries and even treat patients under Aarogyasri scheme. Earlier many people had pressurized us to provide dialysis under the government scheme so we have decided to treat the Aarogyasri patients and they can avail country’s highest quality kidney care,” added Vikram.
In India currently there are 10 lakh people suffering from Kidney related ailments among which only a few are able to access and afford the treatment in the country. As advanced stage renal diseases are difficult to be treated with drugs dialysis is the only option left for the patients. “Thought the kidney disorders are growing among the people many are ignorant and bear painful suffering in the later stages. At present only 3500 kidney transplants are taking place in the country. This is a very low number at the back drop of increased gravity of the situation,” opined a doctor.
The state of kidney care in India is still in shambles as more than 1/3 of dialysis patients get infected with life threatening HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B infections during dialysis. There is an urgent need for world class kidney care and dialysis centres so that patients, especially from economically weaker sections of the society, do not get sub-standard treatment that can turn life-threatening.