'13 district dialysis centres fully operational in J&K'

The Health and Medical Education Department Tuesday informed that 13 district dialysis centres are fully operational across the State under Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis (PMND) program.

The program was launched in the State in 2017-18 in 15 District Hospitals – of Jammu, Doda, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar and Udhampur, Anantnag, Baramulla, Kargil, Leh, Pulwama, Kulgam, Kupwara and JLNM Hospital Srinagar.

“The dialysis centres at District Hospitals of Kishtwar and Kupwara are going to be operational soon under the Union Government’s program. The cost of each dialysis session for APL patients has been fixed at Rs 950 whereas it is free for BPL patients, cost of which shall be reimbursed by State National Health Mission,” an official statement said.

A total of 70 dialysis machines were allotted free of cost to the State, of which, till date, 64 machines have been received and installed, it said.

“In 2018-19, as many as 8329 dialysis sessions were conducted on 203 patients in these centres and in the current fiscal 2375 dialysis sessions have been conducted till May 2019,” the statement added.

The Centre’s dialysis program is aimed to provide improved access to dialysis services at district headquarters and to reduce impoverishment on account of out-of-pocket expenditure for patients who have to undergo important life-saving procedure.