The government needs to step in to make available dialysis for poor patients in government health service, said Vayalar Ravi, the Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, on Thursday.

The treatments for kidney diseases, dialysis and transplant are rather expensive and the poor cannot afford it, he said. Speaking about his own experience of treating his wife the late Mercy Ravi for kidney disease, Mr. Ravi said that what he learnt is that prevention is the best option to keep away kidney diseases.

Kidney diseases are mostly linked to lifestyle diseases like diabetes and hypertension and also urinary infections, he said.

Mr. Ravi inaugurated a Donor Registry at the public awareness programme on ‘Newer Trends in Organ Transplantation' organised by the Medical Trust Hospital to mark World Kidney Day.

P.V. Antony, managing director of the Medical Trust, presided. P. V. Louis, managing director, welcomed the gathering. Junaid Rahman, superintendent, District General Hospital, spoke on the social impact of organ transplantation. Mammen M. John, nephrologist at Medical Trust, presented the theme of the programme.