Kid­ney pa­tients get more sup­port

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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 .

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