The district administration plans to develop the hospital that is being planned on the Khajrana temple premises as a modern kidney centre. At present dialysis facilities, which is often needed by patients suffering from kidney ailments, are only available at the MY Hospital and PC Sethi Hospital.
But there are only three dialysis machines in these two hospitals and there is a long waiting line of patients who are forced to go to private hospitals where they have to pay around Rs 1500. The cost of getting treatment at government facility is Rs 250.
The kidney centre will be run by private party, while the space will be provided by the government. The administration plans to invite expression of interest from private players within a week's time. The administration will subsidize the cost of the dialysis from the funds from the Khajrana Temple Trust so that it is affordable for the poor.
The administration plans to have at least 30 dialysis machines, if not more, at the kidney centre so that there is no waiting time for the patients. According to Dr Madhav Hasnani, it takes around four hours for a dialysis to take place and ideally four patients can be accommodated each day in one machine.
The Khajrana area is predominantly poor and dominated by the minority community with negligible health facilities, and the kidney centre will prove to be a boon for the people of the area, said collector Akash Tripathi.