Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said that the government will provide free kidney dialysis in 18 hospitals in the state.
“As a part of the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme, the free dialysis facilities will be provided free under PPP model”, said Sarma
Commencing on June 14, the first service will begin at Swahid Mukanda Kakati Civil Hospital in Nalbari. Following this, the service will be provided in other hospitals by June 20.
In the next three months, free dialysis facility will be provided in seven more centres followed by three more within six months, thereby covering 18 hospitals, he said.
The other places where free dialysis will be provided by June 20 are Darrang’s Mangaldai Civil Hospital, Sonitpur’s Kanaklata Civil Hospital and Tezpur Medical College and Hospital, Tinsukia’s LGB Civil Hospital, Morigaon Civil Hospital, Barpeta’s Medical College and Bongaigaon District Hospital.
The Health minister said that the private partner to implement the dialysis programme will be Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Chennai which has been chosen through detailed selection process by National Health Mission, Assam and the agreement has been signed for a period of five years.
“Hemo-Dialysis machines with four years of free Comprehensive Maintenance Contract will be provided free of cost to Assam government by Fairfax India Charitable Trust as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility and in the fifth year CMC will be paid by the service provider with no cost to the government”, the health Minister said.
A total of 105 Hemo-Dialysis machines have been allocated for the 18 centres across Assam and so far 45 machines have been installed at eight facilities to be functional by June 20, the minister added.
The patients can directly walk into the Dialysis Centres where their clinical documentation will be verified.