Guwahati, June 11, 2019:
Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday announced that the Assam government has decided to make kidney dialysis and other related treatments free.
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Addressing the media, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Kidney treatment in Assam will be made free of cost under Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme (PMNDP) and it will be operational in 18 locations in Assam in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.”
“Many hospitals tendered for the initiative however, Apollo Hospitals of Chennai has been picked up through detailed selection process by National Health Mission of Assam to implement the Programme in the state. The agreement was signed by the state government on February 5, 2019 for a period of five years. In each unit 40 dialysis could be done per day,” he added.
The programme will be operational at eight hospitals and health centers in the state. These centres are- Managaldai Civil Hospital (Darrang), Tezpur Medical College & Hospital (Sonitpur), LGB Civil Hospital (Tinsukia), Morigaon Civil Hospital (Morigaon), Kanaklata Civil Hospital (Sonitpur), Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College (Barpeta), SMK Civil Hospital (Nalbari), and Bongaigaon District Hospital (Bongaigaon).
He further mentioned that the increasing kidney related issues are a cause of consumption of vegetable that is being produced using chemicals which impact the health.
The minister informed that the samples of such vegetables have been collected and sent to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to test the toxicity of these vegetables.
Apart from this, seven more health care facilities will be made available in North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital, Dhemaji Civil Hospital, Sivasagar Civil Hospital (Sivasagar), BP Civil hospital (Nagaon), Diphu Civil Hospital, Dhubri Civil Hospital, and Goalpara Civil Hospital.