Gonoshasthya Kendra plans to expand its relatively cheap dialysis service to Jashore, Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet next year, said its trustee Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury.
Currently, it has a 110-unit dialysis centre in the capital, where about 10,000 patients are taking the service each month at Tk 800 to Tk 2,500 on the basis of their economic capability.
Speaking at a press conference at Gonoshasthya Nagar Hospital at Dhanmondi in Dhaka, Zafrullah Chowdhury also said that they had already reached an agreement with the London Royal Hospital to install a full-fledged kidney transplant centre in Dhaka.
‘We are expecting to begin the state-of-the-art kidney transplant service only at Tk 1 lakh from next year,’ he said.
The freedom fighter said that usually the governments in other countries arrange treatments for kidney diseases as such treatment was costly.
‘We are unfortunate that the government does not provide the services here,’ he said, adding, Gonoshasthya is committed to provide low-cost kidney treatment services to the patients with its limited capacity.
‘We want to provide quality renal care with affordable cost to patients,’ Zafrullah said.
He urged the philanthropists to donate at the hospital to run their services to the poor patients.
‘We want to provide kidney dialysis services at much lower cost, compared to the other health facilities which provide the services at much higher cost,’ he said.
Zafrullah said there was severe shortage of manpower like, nephrologists, urologists, biomedical engineers and qualified nurses in the country, comparing with the kidney disease burden in the country.
Currently, about 18-20 per cent people of the country suffer from different kinds of kidney diseases and about 45,000 of the patients’ kidneys are damaged every year in the country. ‘But, unfortunately, only 10 per cent of the patients can afford the cost of dialysis,’ said Zafrullah.
Gonoshasthaya Dialysis Centre will host an international nephrology conference in Dhaka on November 29-30, where over 200 nephrologists and biomedical engineers and nurses will take part.
Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital and Bangladesh Renal Association will support the conference.
The conference organising committee chairman Mamun Mostafi and Gonoshasthaya Dialysis Centre coordinator Mohib Ullah Khondoker, among others, were present.
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