70 p.c. of kidney patients in AP from Uddanam: Kamineni

October 10, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:57 am IST - SRIKAKULAM:

Uddanam region in this district has 70 per cent of the patients suffering from various kidney-related ailments in the State, Minister for Medical and Health Kamineni Srinivasa Rao has said, adding that that the government will take steps on a war footing to provide quick relief to the patients.

Inaugurating a dialysis unit set up by Trimex Sands Private Limited in the Tekkali area hospital here Friday, the Minister said that it was pathetic to find thousands of kidney patients in Uddanam region comprising Kaviti, Sompeta, Kanchili, Itchapuram and Palasa. “Around 25,000 people are suffering from various kidney-related alone in Uddanam region only,” he pointed out.

The Hindu highlighted the non-functioning of the unit for the lack of doctors and medical staff in its columns on September 17, 2015. With the district administration brining the issue to the notice of Labour Minister K. Atchannaidu, the latter spoke to his health portfolio counterpart to find a solution to it.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Srinivasa Rao congratulated TSPL chairperson Koneru Prasad for setting up the unit at a cost of Rs.80 lakh to benefit the patients. “Well trained doctors, house-surgeons of the RIMS will now help the patients who were forced to go Visakhapatnam for dialysis,” he said.

Mr. Atchannaidu urged Mr. Srinivas to find out a permanent solution to curb the spurt in kidney-related cases.

Later in Srikakulam, Mr. Srinivas told the media that the Centre was keen on improving health infrastructure in AP. “The required infrastructure for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Guntur will be developed with the release of Rs.1600 crore by the Centre. We will improve facilities in the existing hospitals too,” he added.

However, he indicated that it was not possible to enhance salaries of doctors hired on contract basis. The Ministers participated in various developmental activities in Srikurmam, Tekkali, Kaviti and Itchapuram.

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