Here is what will bring respite to patients suffering from kidney ailments: the Siddhivinayak Temple Trust, Prabhadevi, is all set to offer services of a state-of-the-art dialysis centre. A patient will have to pay only Rs250 per cycle. The facility will be operational from December.
The 22-bed centre will be located on the third floor of the building adjacent to the temple. The facility is the result of a tie-up between the temple and the Shri Veera Desai Jain Sangh, an NGO, which runs a dialysis centre in Andheri. The NGO will spend Rs3 crore for the centre and has appointed experts.
“We have the experience to run a dialysis centre. We will take a minimum cost from the patient. Rest of the cost will be borne by the temple and our NGO,” said Chetan Vora, trustee, Shri Veera Desai Jain Sangh.
In a city where the number of people with kidney ailments is increasing, it has always remained a great concern for patients who need regular dialysis, thrice a week. At present, the cost per cycle ranges between Rs1,200 and Rs1,500 in private hospitals.
Of the 100 patients suffering from kidney ailments, only five can opt for successful kidney transplant, while rest of the patients continue with dialysis. In such a situation, experts say, there is a desperate need for affordable dialysis centres in the city. Not all can afford the high cost of treatment. Only subsidised treatment can be the way out. However, the waiting list at the centres offering affordable treatment is long.
“A city like Mumbai needs such affordable centres. In Lalbaugcha Raja Dialysis Centre there are 600 people on the waiting list. Initially, a middle-class patient may spend Rs1,500 per cycle. But they also look for an affordable centre,” said Dr Shrirang Bicchu, nephrologist, Bombay Hospital.
Subhash Mayekar, president of temple trust, said, “Our trust has always worked towards the benefit of people from economically weaker backgrounds. We will start this facility from December."
The Siddhivinayak Temple Trust, Prabhadevi, is all set to offer services of a state-of-the-art
The 22-bed centre will be located on the third floor of the building adjacent to the temple.