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Kidney patients getting free medical care at KMCH

 Sharifa Khatun Sheuli, Khulna daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:47 PM, 3 January 2022   Updated: 04:49 PM, 3 January 2022

Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH); Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH); Photo: Daily Bangladesh

The treatment for kidney disease in private hospitals is expensive. Lower and middle-class families have to struggle to meet the cost of this treatment. The Department of Nephrology (Kidney) at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) started its journey on December 14.

The department has launched a large-scale hospital with 50 ultramodern dialysis machines, fulfilling the long-standing hopes of the Khulna people.

From the beginning till now, medical services have been provided to 15 kidney patients. Of these, two kidney patients underwent biopsy – where a patient needs Tk 25,000 for biopsy in private hospitals. Besides, dialysis (catheter) is being given free to the patients regularly – where it will cost Tk 15,000 in private hospitals. As a result, the helpless and poor patients are breathing a sigh of relief as the kidney department has been started at KMCH hospital.

According to the Department of Nephrology at KMCH hospital, the kidney department officially started its journey on December 14, 2021, at KMCH. From the beginning till Sunday, medical services have been provided to 15 kidney patients. Recently, two kidney patients underwent kidney biopsy free of cost – which would have cost Tk 25,000 to do from outside privately. Besides, dialysis (catheter) for kidney patients is being provided free of cost in this hospital. 

Dr. Siddharth Bawali, an assistant registrar at the Kidney Department of KMCH hospital, said the helpless and poor patients are breathing a sigh of relief with the opening of the Kidney Department at Khulna Medical College Hospital — because the treatment of kidney disease is expensive privately. In private hospitals, a kidney patient needs Tk 25,000 for biopsy. 

We are providing biopsies to kidney patients free of cost. We conducted a biopsy in two hospitalized kidney patients. Besides, kidney patients are undergoing regular dialysis (catheter) free of cost. If the catheter with dialysis is to be done from outside, the cost per patient will be Tk 15,000, he also said.

Dr. Siddharth Bawali said apart from him, assistant professor (Nephrology) Dr. Palash Tarafdar and Register Dr. Mithun Debnath were also engaged in the medical care of patients in the Department of Nephrology.

The assistant registrar at KMCH’s Kidney Department said the kidney department needs “manpower” as well as other medical equipment to be self-sufficient. These include dialysis machines, RO machines and portable ultrasonogram machines. The most important machine for kidney patients is the dialysis machine.

Dr. Rabiul Hasan, director of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH), the helplessness of kidney patients is increasing day by day in the Khulna district – as the treatment of kidney disease is very expensive. In Khulna, a very small number of infected patients receive government services. We’ve just started the Kidney section. In the first phase, we have sent demand for 10 dialysis machines, two RO machines and three portable ultrasonogram machines. Hopefully, we will get the machines very soon. This will open new doors for kidney treatment in Khulna.

A youth named Hadiuzzaman has been undergoing treatment in the kidney department at KMCH Hospital for the last 13 days. He had a kidney biopsy on Sunday. His father Md. Liaquat Hossain is a day laborer by profession.

Hadiuzzaman’s mother said if her son had not undergone a kidney biopsy at the hospital, it would not have been possible for him to undergo a biopsy at this time with Tk 25,000 from outside.

Another patient, Prakash, a resident of the Jhenaidah district, was also given a biopsy on the same day. He was a welder by profession. He has been receiving medical treatment at this hospital for the last one month due to kidney problems. The boy’s father Subal Kumar Sheel is suffering from cancer. His father is currently in India for cancer treatment.

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