Kidney patients get more support
To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo, the Kilaya Foundation representative His Venerable Trulku Karma Thegsum of Dechenling Monastery in Khaling donated two haemodialysis machines to the Ministry of Health last Wednesday.
The donation documents and dialysis machines were handed over to the health minister Tandin Wangchuk.
“These machines are to be installed at Mongar Regional Referral Hospital and Gelephu Regional Referral Hospital, the haemodialysis machines are imported from Fresenius Medical Care, Germany costing nine hundred thousand Ngultrum each,” said Kilaya Foundation representative Lhakpa.
Initially with two machines and eight trained nurses, the first haemodialysis services was established in 1998 at Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital, by 2010 for the benefits of people living in eastern region these services were extended to Monggar Regional Referral Hospital and a year later extended to Gelephu Regional Referral Hospital.
As of now the Ministry of Health have eight functional dialysis machines at JDWRNH, four at Mongar RRH and two at Gelephu RR Hospital.
Highlighting the event, the Health Minister said ‘the poor dietary habits, physical inactivity and alcohol are key factor that contributes to the rise of non-communicable disease; it creates disorder and affects the developmental activities in the country’.
Given the limited resources, providing the curative care would incur huge sum, noncommunicable diseases are preventable; we can prevent it by awareness campaign and sensizations to the people.
“Together with Ministry of Health, the media at large and religious community could make a huge impact in creating awareness on non-communicable disease to the society,” Lyonpo said.
With rise in renal failure, more than 100 patients require haemodialysis. Renal failure patient require dialysis services two to three times a week and each procedure last for about four to six hours.
These two more haemo dialysis machine will help Ministry of Health to deliver the better services on time and will give hope to that patient for healthy life.
“Against this backdrop, the gracious gesture of generosity from Trulku will go a long way in reducing sufferings and saving lives of many renal patients. In addition, this will help strengthen our solidarity to provide faster and quality renal care to the people of Bhutan” Lyonpo added .