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Hemodialysis should be made affordable, say doctors

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Doctors attending the fourth Congress of the International Society for Hemodialysis here opined that Hemodialysis, a method to remove waste from blood when the kidneys fail to filter toxins, should be made affordable for the poor.

The three-day event that commenced Thursday is being held in collaboration with the Indian Society for Hemodialysis. Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was the special guest at the inaugural ceremony.

A patient needs to shell out around Rs.25,000 per month for Hemodialysis treatment.

'Hemodialysis is an expensive treatment and can cost anywhere between Rs.600 to Rs.3,000 per sitting. Despite their exponential growth over the years, it has not benefitted the poor as around 90 percent of these treatment centres are confined to the private sector,' said D.S. Rana, secretary, Indian Society of Hemodialysis.

Madhukar Misra, president of International Society for Hemodialysis, said: 'Two decades ago, there were half a million patients on dialysis but today the number has increased to more than two million. Sadly, not enough steps have been taken to curtail this hike.'

The doctors also advised people to lead a healthy lifestyle to avoid diseases which may lead to kidney failure.


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