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Kidney failure toll rises in Kashmir

Dr. Saleem says lack of machines, medicos add to miseries of such patients


Javid Zargar
Srinagar, Apr 18 (KNS): The lack of machines and specialist medicos has led to the increase in toll of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients in Kashmir while as the experts said, high blood pressure, diabetes,smoking, taking less fluid and use of pain killers are the main reasons behind the kidney failures.

The experts while talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that number of kidney failure patients has risen at alarming rate in last ten years and the lack of specialists and machines in district and sub district hospitals is adding to their miseries.

Dr. M Saleem wani, a prominent Urologist and Kidney transplant surgeon at SKIMS told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that diabetes, hypertension, smoking, use of pain killers, and drug abuse, are among the main reasons behind the kidney failure.

However, he said that lack of medicos and machines in the district as well as Sub District hospitals was adding the miseries of such patients as they are unable to get diagnosed and treated at the early stage.

He said once they are diagnosed later in two prominent hospitals in Srinagar, it becomes difficult for a doctor to treat the patient at the last stage, thus the patient fails to get proper treatment on time.

Dr. Saleem wani further added adequate number of medicos and machines should be made available at Valley hospitals so that the lives of such patients could be saved.

Quoting Doctor-patient ratio, Dr. Saleem said a doctor in the world has to treat 300 patients, but the ratio varies in India as the doctor has to treat almost 1800-1900 patients. However, he said that in Kashmir, the number goes high as compared to India.

Meanwhile, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Kunzes Dolma told KNS that dialysis centres are available at Baramulla, Rajpora Pulwama and Anantnag hospitals while as the work on dialysis centers at SDH Kupwara, DH Handwara, DH Bandipora has been sanctioned and work over it will be started soon.

She further added that they have recommended dialysis centres to the government for other hospitals for which the men and machinery is needed. “We hope all the things will be sorted out soon,” she added. (KNS)

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