Pune: ‘61% of people with end stage renal disease did not get any treatment’

Dr Vivek Kute, senior nephrologists while delivering his talk at Scientific Program seminar arranged by Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) in Pune In India said, around 61% with end stage renal disease did not get any treatment, 32 per cent got hemo dialysis, 5% receive peritoneal dialysis and just 2% get kidney transplant. In order to treat those 60% public health care sector should be strengthened

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  • He underlined that majority of the patients suffering from end stage kidney related disorders die in India and so affordable kidney transplants should be made available at public health centres.
  • He also mentioned the need to have global kidney exchange program so that compatible kidneys are made available.
  • “In India, around 61% with end stage renal disease did not get any treatment, 32 per cent got hemodialysis, 5% receive peritoneal dialysis and just 2 per cent get kidney transplant. In order to treat those 60% public health care sector should be strengthened,” said Kute, when he was speaking on the topic kidney transplantation in India, challenges and solutions.

Speaking about the hurdles, he mentioned factors such as lack of availability of healthy and willing donors, lack of public education, lack of trained transplant coordinator, lack of trained medical fraternity and lack of training for procurement of such organs.

While talking about the solutions, he said, “Government should conduct mass education program. Initiatives like, swap kidney transplant can also be of help to make kidneys available to needy. Also, medical fraternity should try for global level kidney exchanges, so that compatible kidneys are made available.”

He added, “There are many who get delayed kidney transplants. If one wants better outcome timely transplant helps. Living donor kidney lasts longer. In India, around 90% of the kidney donations come from living donors. We should promote more living donor transplants.”