The second phase of the Dialysis Centre at the Ernakulam General Hospital will be opened here on Friday. Health Minister V S Sivakumar will inaugurate the function at 8 am.
District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth told reporters that 350 persons have already registered for dialysis. The Centre was commissioned in 2012. About 8,000 free dialysis sessions have been completed so far. To cater to the needs of the growing number of patients, it is mandatory to introduce more machines. As part of the second phase, the Centre will get 10 new machines. A new block has been constructed for the purpose. Seven machines have been sponsored by the National Rural Health Mission. Three machines have been contributed by Zakkath cell.
According to Reshmi T R, Resident Medical Officer, three machines will be exclusively used for dialyis of Hepatitis positive patients. The registration fees is `100, which is much lower than that of private hospitals.
The treatment is free of cost for chronic patients.
Once the new block is commissioned, the capacity to treat dialysis patients at the General Hospital will rise from 60 persons to 120 persons.
Ludy Luiz MP contributed `22 lakh from his MP’s development fund for the purpose.
The Dialysis centre inaugurated on August 2012 by Chief Minister Oommen Chandyin has 11 machines now.
MPs P Rajeeve and Charles Dias, MLAs Hibi Eden, Dominic Presentation and Benny Behanan MLA, Deputy Mayor B Bhadra and Kochi Corporation Health Standing Committee chairman T K Ashraf will be present.
Meanwhile, a Karunya Medical store where inpatients can avail themselves of medicine at 90 per cent rebate will soon be started at the hospital, District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth said.