Staff Correspondent, Ctg
The authorities have taken the initiative to set up a 50-bed dialysis center at Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH). The construction cost of dialysis center will be Tk 6 crore. The delegation of Health Department has already visited the hospital.
When the center will begin its activities, patients will receive dialysis services at Tk 420 (per session).
Currently there are eight dialysis machines in the Department of Kidney (nephro­logy) in the hospital. Of these, 1 machine is lost. In the rest seven machines, specific patients get dialysis services. Against the service, every patient has to pay Tk 20 thousand for 6 months.
Apart from this, the 31-bed Sandra Dialysis Center is being run under the public private partnership (PPP). There are patients referred from hospital to low-cost dialysis services.
It is known that according to the deal with the government, patients of the hospital get 10 thousand short-range sessions every year
According to sources, the daily average daily rehearsed from the hospital was dialysis of 45 poor patients. Principal of Chattogram Medical College and Head of Department of Nephrology Dr. Pradip Kumar Dutta said, “Our facilities are much less than the patient.
Many kidney patients need dialysis but we cannot afford due to lack of opportunities.”
He also said that the initiative to set up a new dialysis center of 50 beds is timely. Many helpless-poor patients will be able to take dialysis services at a lower cost when it is launched.
Deputy Director of the hospital Akhterul Islam said the tenure of the deal with the government is ten years. Accor­ding to the condition, the dialysis cost of the dialysis center is charged at Tk 2,300. The poor patients will give 420 taka. For this, the government is giving subsidy of Tk 55 crore to Sander.
Dr. Akhtarul Islam said, “According to the agreement, the company will give old machinery to the hospital after 10 years of business breakdown.
But after 10 years, the efficiency of the machines will be reduced by more than 50 percent. So, the machines will be more harm than profit.”