LARKANA: The dialysis unit of the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Larkana has yet to be shifted to new renovated location from the Teaching Block to the Civil Hospital Block in old Casualty building.
The decision for the same was also taken at the Hospital Management Committee after receipt of PCSIR report, which determined the underground water at the Teaching Block was unfit for dialysis purposes. The water is used through Reverse Osmosis system which also has several filters.
The water of Civil Hospital block was also tested and found less hazardous.
Each patient is charged Rs50 per dialysis session and nobody knows where this money is utilized for which no receipt is issued to anyone. Every day approximately 40 patients are getting dialysis in two shifts which means Rs2000 are collected per day, Rs24000 per month and Rs 2,88,000 per year but without issuing any receipt. Collection of money in any hospital without issuing a receipt is illegal, but the Sindh health department and CMCH management has turned blind eye towards this scam.
It is a common complain that most of the dialysis machines are outdated hence they often remain dysfunctional.
The attendants of these poor kidney-failure patients have demanded of the Sindh government to stop collecting money from these terminal stage patients, who have limited days to live on dialysis. Their families already incur huge transportation charges for bringing these patients from far flung areas twice a week for their dialysis, as the ambulances of government hospitals in Larkana are mostly used for other purposes than to serve ailing humanity.
Some attendants of these patients also demanded that dialysis section should also be shifted to Civil Hospital Block in old Casualty without loss of further time to reduce their travelling expenditure.
It is learnt that 13 dialysis machines are working and five more are nonfunctional. The government should provide at least 20 new dialysis machines to meet the ever increasing number of kidney failure patients.
Hospital sources said that 44 patients died in the Nephrology ward from 01st January 2015 to August 19, 2015. However, the hospital management should take efforts to further improve service delivery at the nephrology ward.