CHENNAI: The Tamilnad Kidney Research (Tanker) Foundation inaugurated a dialysis machine at its premises on Poonamallee High Road on Friday.
The machine worth Rs. 6 lakh was donated by Narayana Guruviah Chetty’s Estate and Charities to the organisation.
Tanker Foundation’s managing trustee Latha A. Kumaraswami said that this was the second such machine donated by the institution and they have agreed to donate one machine every year to provide subsidised and free dialysis for underprivileged persons with kidney diseases.
Highlighting the foundation’s activities, she said that dialysis had been performed for 543 patients so far. About 30 per cent of the dialysis is done free of cost every month through sponsorship. Besides conducting awareness programmes, the foundation has also given financial assistance worth Rs. 50 lakh to 760 patients.
The foundation’s founder trustee Georgi Abraham underlined the significance of such donations to reach out to more underprivileged patients. There are also plans to start a dialysis unit for the HIV positive patients in the city. Besides two dialysis centres in the city, the foundation operates units in association with hospitals in Madurai and Puducherry. The foundation also plans to set up a similar unit in Coimbatore.
Narayana Guruviah Chetty’s Estate and Charities’ president C. Sudharsana Srinivas said that service done by the Tanker Foundation is worth emulation and the organisation would continue its support for the cause. Executive director of Savera Hotel and the foundation’s advisory member Nina Reddy also extended her support towards the organisation.