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TS health dept takes steps to set up dialysis centers in major revenue divisions of state


The health and family welfare department in Telangana has plans to enhance the healthcare services in the rural areas and  as part of this strategy the state government is contemplating to set up dialysis centres in all the major revenue divisions in the state under public private partnership model.

According to sources from the state health ministry, initially the state government has chosen, the largest district of Mahabubnagar, which is known for migration and poverty in the state. Because of growing menace of alcohol addiction and due to other lifestyle changes, particularly the rural population in the far away areas like Kollapur, Achampet, Ambrabad, Gadwal, Nagarkurnool, TS-healthWanaparthi, Narayanpet etc are becoming prone to diabetes and majority of them are suffering with various kidney ailments. Due to poverty, those who are economically weak are just leading a miserable life and those who are a bit financially well off are going for advanced treatments to cities like Hyderabad, Kurnool, Bengaluru etc and spending lakhs of rupees.

Having learned about the vows of people in these rural pockets, the state health department headed by Dr. Laxma Reddy had recently announced setting up of 3 new dialysis centres at major revenue divisions like Nagarkurnool, Gadwal and Narayanpeta. Already one dialysis centre is functioning at Mahabubnagar district.

“The dialysis in these three major centres will be offered free of cost to the poor people. The government is taking up this project under Arogyasri health scheme and we are very soon calling for tenders to set up the dialysis centres at Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthi and Gadwal divisions.

Under this scheme, the state government will spend about Rs. 1250 per each patient per one session of dialysis,” informed the health minister.

As per the sources, the government is seeking bids from all those hospitals and dialysis chains that are willing to serve the patients in the rural areas. As this will be a public private partnership project, those persons who quote to pay a maximum share to the government will be selected to set up the dialysis centre at the existing area hospitals. A part of the share from the income will be allocated to the area hospital while the remaining will be given to the private organisations who wish to set up their dialysis centre.

Overall the initiative to provide high end tertiary healthcare treatment to the kidney and diabetes patients within their own nearby towns is a big step ahead by the state government towards providing advanced healthcare facilities to the rural poor.

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