The artificial kidney dialysis (AKD) department in one of the city's major civic-run hospital—Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (or Sion hospital as it's popularly known)—presents a pathetic sight.
Of the five kidney dialysis machines here, four haven't been working since the past six months. And patients suffer as most of them have to approach private centers for dialysis.
Mumbai's public hospitals are known for providing the best of treatment to people, and the poor in and around the city depend a lot on them. But Sion hospital administration has apparently not got enough time to repair these machines.
The department, located in the first floor of the casualty department in ward number 35, is always teeming with patients. Six months ago, 15 patients were getting dialysis treatment each day, but now with just a machine functioning, only three can undergo dialysis. This hospital would actually require at least 10 such machines to deal with the kind of patient rush it faces.
Talking to dna, Dr Avinash Supe, dean of the hospital, said: "I am aware of the situation. AKD machines have not been working due to some technical issues. We have already talked to the head of that department. I hope to solve the issue within 10 days. We have also sent a proposal for acquiring 10 machines, and are trying to get one machine through some charity organisation."
"We also want to start a nephrology department here, and have sent a proposal to the administration last month. There is a need for such a department in a hospital like ours," the dean added.