The cost of dialysis to a patient is usually about Rs.2,000/ rupees per session, which is quite expensive for a common man to afford. But through this health scheme non-affording patients can avail high quality treatment for Rs.300/ only. The hospital treats the patients at subsidised rates. At the moment, the hospital is treating around 40 patients with plans for almost doubling them in the coming months.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ganesh Sanap, who is associated with Apex Kidney Care, said, “As the cost of dialysis is high, some patients cannot afford it. And there are some patients who don’t go in for dialysis at all due to lack of funds. If dialysis is not given on time, then, there are higher chances of patients dying. That is the reason why, Lion Tarachand Bapa Hospital and Research Centre started this scheme.”
Apex Kidney Care has agreed to give fifty dialysis sessions free per month. Also, members of the Lions Club Of Sion have recently donated Rs.31,500 to this hospital for providing patients with dialyser + tubing free of cost, as part of Diwali celebrations.
Lion Ashok Mehta, Chairman Emeritus of the Hospital welcomed all guests and patients gathered and gave his blessings on the occasion. Lion Bharat Pathak, Chairman of the Hospital requested all patients to come up to the Hospital with their problems while assuring them of the Hospital’s endeavours to treat them well at marginal costs. He spoke of the great rapport enjoyed between the Hospital and Apex Kidney Care and which will shortly enable the Dialysis Centre to increase its capacity. Lion Shirish Mehta, Trustee and Secretary of Lion Tarachand Bapa Hospital, said, “Throughout the world and in India, there is a significant rise in the number of patients suffering from End Stage Renal Disease . In order to stay alive and lead a healthy life the only two alternatives currently available to a patient are kidney transplant or undertake dialysis. As kidney transplants are not frequent due to paucity of donors and regulatory hurdles, dialysis is the facile way out.” He informed that “diabetes is the largest cause of kidney failure followed by high blood pressure.”
He added, “In 2015, worldwide there were 415 million people affected with diabetes . Of this China, India & the US had about 102 million, 69 million and 29 million diabetics respectively. In 2040, the global number of diabetes afflicted patients is expected to rise to 642 million. About 36 million people in India are unaware that they are suffering from diabetes. Delayed treatment affects the kidneys culminating in end stage disease and that every 6 seconds a person dies of diabetes in the world.”
Comparing the costs of undertaking dialysis in the US which is up to Rs.40,000/ per session to the Rs.300/ available under the special scheme at the Hospital, Lion Shirish Mehta urged all patients “not to miss out on any session as the quality of the dialysis offered at the Hospital is the best around and more so as doctors in India are amongst the very best in the world”.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vishwanath Billa, Head of Apex Kidney Care, said, “We are only providing the medical services. But the actual work of treating and interacting with the patients is done by the doctors and staff at Lion Tarachand Bapa Hospital. He appreciated & likened the services given by members of the Lions Club Of Sion to those of angels. Six machines are currently running at the hospital and we will be adding four new machines at the hospital. We will bear all the financial costs for this initiative.”
He added, “The patients should not miss their dialysis appointments, which takes place thrice in one week. They should value the services being provided to them. If they miss their appointment, time and resources which could be provided to someone else in need is wasted. Hence, patients should keep this in mind so that the resources don’t go to waste.”