In a major relief to dialysis patients in Kerala, the state government has extended the Peritoneal Dialysis Scheme, which provides free dialysis at home for patients without having to visit hospitals, to all districts in the state.
As per the details, the necessary infrastructure for the project has been established in a major hospital in each district to roll out the scheme for the benefit of the patients.
“In the first phase, one major hospital in each district has been equipped to implement the scheme. More hospitals will be added in the due course of time,” said Health Department officials. According to an official statement, dialysis fluid, catheters, and other accessories required for peritoneal dialysis will be provided free of charge to registered patients from these hospitals. Currently, this service is being provided to around 1000 patients.
The first phase of the project is being implemented in hospitals including Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital, Kollam District Hospital, Pathanamthitta General Hospital, Alappuzha General Hospital, Kottayam General Hospital, Idukki Thodupuzha District Hospital, Ernakulam General Hospital, Thrissur General Hospital, Palakkad District Hospital, Malappuram Tirur District Hospital, Kozhikode General Hospital, Wayanad Mananthavady District Hospital, Kannur District Hospital and Kasaragod General Hospital.
The Kerala government decided to extend the scheme considering the increasing number of renal patients in the state. Data shows that nearly 50,000 people undergo dialysis every month in 102 hospitals and 10 medical colleges in the state.