JDWNRH receives two more haemodialysis machines
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.