Renowned nephrologist Dr. M.K. Mani was given the 40th Dhanvantari award for “excellence in medical services” at a function here on Sunday by Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Dr. Mani had been in the field of nephrology for more than 30 years. At present, he is the chief nephrologist in Chennai's Apollo Hospital.

“Dr. Mani has pioneered innovative techniques and new regimen in management of kidney disorders,” Dhanvantari Medical Foundation president and eminent cardiologist Dr. B.K. Goyal, said.

Recipient of many awards

Dr. Mani has received many prestigious awards, including Padma Bhushan and the Ravindranath Tagore award. He has over 125 publications to his credit. He has been awarded honorary Doctorate of Science by several universities.

“Mani became well-known after he gave a fresh lease of life to Jayaprakash Narayan, who was suffering from kidney ailment and had a cardiac arrest at the Jaslok Hospital here,” Dr. Goyal said.

Since India's per capita income is low, more than 99 per cent of the population cannot afford procedures such as kidney transplant.

“The government should be concerned about this situation,” he noted.

“Everybody should be made aware to check their sugar levels, preferably the blood sugar level. If they cannot afford it, they should at least check urine sugar so that kidney diseases could be prevented,” Dr. Mani said.

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