Pulwama: District Hospital Pulwama is set to provide dialysis services as the hospital has acquired the much needed dialysis machines. The state-of-the-art Dialysis Centre at District Hospital Pulwama has been sanctioned under Prime Minister’s National Dialysis Programme.

Fourteen district hospitals of the State including District Hospital Pulwama were identified by the government for providing dialysis services in a phased manner.

“At present, four dialysis machines are available with the hospital. We have state-of-the-art infrastructure including German imported beds and other facilities,” says Dr Abdul Rashid Parra, Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

Dr Parra adds, “Our staff which includes two doctors, three nurses and two technicians is trained from SKIMS Srinagar.”

“We expected to operationalize this centre from November but it got delayed due to the turmoil in the district,” he says.

Although, the Dialysis Centre at District Hospital Pulwama has been made functional from 24th of December but the official inauguration is awaited. “A good number of patients have already registered with the hospital for the dialysis service,” informed the medical superintendent.

Dr Aasif, Incharge Physician of the Dialysis Centre says, “Presently, we are using two or three machines at a time while one is used for backup. We will be ensuring that all the machines are used simultaneously so as to be able to conduct nearly eighteen dialysis per week.”

“As per National Health Mission guidelines, dialysis is almost absolutely free but the stuff like dialyzers is to be bought which approximately costs Rs. 950 per session. In private hospitals, the same session costs about Rs. 4000 to Rs. 6000,” Dr Ab Rashid Parra says.

He says that the facilities which are in the pipeline include CT Scan, High Dependency Unit for pregnant ladies among others.

The hospital has been playing a vital role for the general healthcare of the local people. Even in emergencies, the hospital is on the forefront to tackle almost any situation. Now, the addition of new dialysis facility has made the life of dialysis-dependent patients a world of good!

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