Dialysis unit revived

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The dialysis unit in the Government General Hospital here which remained dysfunctional for the past several years has been revived with the replacement of the old machines with new state-of-the-art equipment to provide treatment to six patients at a time.

Deputy Commissioner K.S. Satyamurthy told presspersons here on Monday that the dialysis unit had been functional from May 15. So far, 87 patients have been provided dialysis treatment.

He said that the Government had sanctioned Rs. 70 lakh from the Special Development Programme funds to the Government General Hospital for the purchase of the dialysis equipment and improving infrastructure in the special dialysis ward. This follows the recommendations of the Nanjundappa Committee.

The hospital authorities said that while patients belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) families are charged Rs. 250 per dialysis, others were charged Rs. 350.

They said that the Government had sanctioned two posts of nephrologists to man the dialysis unit.

However, the recruitment process is yet to begin. As a stop-gap arrangement, two senior doctors have been deputed to the dialysis unit.

Mr. Satyamurthy said that a 10-bed burns ward would be inaugurated soon in the hospital.