Sangareddy: Spending Rs 10,000 every month to undergo dialysis forced G Venkatesham’s family go into deep debts. The 45-year-Venkatesh, a native of Basavapur of Pulkal mandal, was diagnosed with kidney ailment six years ago.
Since then, he was spending Rs 10,000 for a month for the treatment in private hospitals besides spending an additional Rs 10,000 on transportation, medicines and others. His lone son was forced to quit studies midway at 17 and took up toddy tapping to support the family.
The State government’s initiative to set up a dialysis centre in the government hospital in Sangareddy has helped the family to come out the financial distress since it is providing treatment and medicine for the kidney patients free of cost. It is not only the case of Venkatesh’s family, 34 patients, who were undergoing dialysis at the centre on a regular basis, had a similar story to narrate. They were relived from a huge financial burden.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Ramachandraiah, another kidney patient, who underwent dialysis at private hospitals for a decade, said it would have a positive impact on the entire family. “We have sold out the ancestral property, lifetime earnings besides becoming a burden to children, he said, and thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for making this possible.
Stating that they were being given the best treatment, he further said that the facility was not less than any corporate hospital. With 10 dialysis units, it has been providing 14-hour services every day. Since the number of patients has been increasing every day, MD Imtiyaz, the in-charge, said they were contemplating running the centre round the clock to meet the demand.
Meanwhile, the State government is also planning to set up dialysis centres in Zaheerabad and Naryanakhed hospitals shortly, which would relieve the Sangareddy Hospital of some burden.