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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM (IST)

Free dialysis service at Civil Hospital ailing

Only 3-4 dialysis a day; shortage of staff, machines
Free dialysis service at Civil Hospital ailing

Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16

Shortage of infrastructure and staff at Civil Hospital has crippled the free dialysis service which was started by the government to help the needy. There are only three dialysis machines and four staffers to man these. The queue of patients is never ending as the unit can cater to only three or four patients a day.

“It takes nearly four or five hours for doing dialysis on a single patient. We have only two nurses and two technicians on duty. In view of three machines and limited staff, we can handle a minimum number of patients only. We need more machines and more staff to treat every patient coming to the dialysis unit of the hospital,” said an attendant at the dialysis unit.

Suresh Kumar, a patient, said initially, he was undergoing dialysis at a private hospital. But, it was becoming a costly affair for him because he is the only breadwinner of the family. “When somebody told me of free dialysis facility at Civil Hospital, I was so happy. But after reaching here, things turned out to be gloomy. There is so much of rush and the machines and staff are not able to handle it. Hoping against hope, I have planned to visit the hospital in the coming week and wish I could get my dialysis done that day,” he said.

Janki Devi, a 62-year-old woman, said her son needed regular dialysis and they came to Civil Hospital for the same. The doctor asked us to get dialysis done every week. But their turn comes after every 10 days. “Something is better than nothing. This is what I think and get dialysis of my son done after 10 days,” she said.

Dr Avinash Jindal, medicine specialist, said they handled three or four patients a day and many returned without dialysis. In a month, they are able to do 90-100 dialysis. This is what they can do best to their capacity. Staff shortage is a major issue and a couple of more machines can be an added advantage, he said.


‘This is what we can do best to our capacity’

Dr Avinash Jindal, medicine specialist, said they handled three or four patients a day and many returned without dialysis. In a month, we are able to do 90-100 dialysis. This is what they can do best to their capacity. Staff shortage is a major issue and a couple of more machines can be an added advantage, he said.

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