JDWNRH re­ceives two more haemodial­y­sis ma­chines

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For­mer Speaker and the Chair­man of Jigme Min­ing Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited Dasho Ugyen Dorji do­nated two haemodial­y­sis ma­chines to Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal worth Nu.1.8 M last Wed­nes­day. The hos­pi­tal is in need of more dial­y­sis ma­chines with the num­ber of kid­ney fail­ure pa­tients in­creased but due to less or no space at all, some of the ma­chines that are al­ready avail­able lie idle. A haemodial­y­sis is a ma­chine used as an ar­ti­fi­cial re­place­ment for dys­func­tional kid­ney where it acts as a kid­ney and re­moves waste and ex­cess wa­ter from blood, says health of­fi­cials. To take in more pa­tients, the eight –bed dial­y­sis unit was in­creased to 10 beds last month. To­day 10 dial­y­sis ma­chines are made avail­able to 100 pa­tients. Four ma­chines still have no work, as there is no space. The ma­chines which are not in use now will be used later to re­place the old ma­chines once they stop func­tion­ing. Health Min­is­ter Tandin Wangchuk said that a 20 bed­ded dial­y­sis unit would be es­tab­lished be­low the hos­pi­tal to cater to the need of pa­tients in the coun­try, adding that with the change in life­style due to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, diseases such as diabetes are on the rise and that num­ber of pa­tients who would need dial­y­sis ser­vice is ob­vi­ous to in­crease. A pa­tient un­der­go­ing dial­y­sis can lengthen his life more than ten years.

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