Maharashtra Charity Commission to set up dialysis centres

According to statistics by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), in 2017, only 2 per cent of all kidney failure patients in Mumbai underwent lifesaving transplant surgeries

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Soon, patients who are dealing with end-stage kidney failure will get dialysis treatment at affordable rates as the Maharashtra Charity Commission is planning to set up dialysis centres in association with religious trusts.  

According to statistics provided by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), only 2 per cent of all kidney failure patients in Mumbai underwent lifesaving transplant surgeries in 2017. Sadly, since then, the waiting list of the patients with end-stage kidney failure, who are in dire need of dialysis, have been rising from 2,494 (2015) to 3,222 (2016) and 3,271.

Talking about the same, Shivkumar Dige, charity commissioner, told Hindustan Times,

The situation is severe in rural parts of the state, where people are dependent on state-run dialysis centres. Since the frequency of a dialysis procedure can be anywhere between twice a week to once a month, spending ₹2000 per procedure at private hospitals is not an option for the poor. We are not going to force any trust to participate in the initiative. Our intention is to help the poor and needy patients.”

 Across India, there are around 2.5 lakh patients who undergo kidney failure and are in need of dialysis or kidney transplants, but annually, only 7,000 transplants are being performed.

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