HIV no bar: Dedicated dialysis centres to be launched in Pune
The new centres will serve HIV patients, who are suffering from kidney failure, without any biasUpdated: Apr 20, 2019 15:05 IST
The Maharashtra government has decided to launch a dedicated dialysis facility for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients with renal failure at five locations in the state, namely, Pune, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nagpur and Aurangabad.
By August 10, the state directorate of medical education and research (DMER) will start two dialysis units in private hospitals in each of these cities thus, making available 10 dedicated dialysis machines for HIV patients.
“These dedicated facilities are being launched in view of the enormous struggle, trauma and stigma that HIV patients face while seeking treatment from private hospitals,” said Dr TP Lahane, director, DMER, Maharashtra.
Shabana Patel, president, Network of People Living with HIV, Maharashtra, said, “It is true that HIV patients suffering from kidney diseases often face stigma when it comes to availing dialysis. A special provision will be needed from the government and National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) to resolve this issue. This exploitation will stop once the government gives us our right to healthcare and access to treatment.”
Dr Ameet Dravid, infectious disease expert who treats mainly HIV patients, said, “We have seen many patients who are often denied dialysis, only because of the fear of infection and stigma. Many are forced to take peritoneal dialysis which poses many procedural challenges. This leads to failure and patients often develop infected peritoneal fluid largely due to untrained supervision, lack of knowledge and high chances of infections. Such patients need immediate resuscitation and care. Hence, to avoid such risks, we need at least 10 to 15 dedicated dialysis machines in Pune alone for patients with HIV suffering from kidney ailments so that such risks can be avoided.”
Private hospitals refuted the charge that they were denying facilities to HIV patients. Dr Sunil Rao, chief operating officer, Sahyadri Hospital and Dr Sanjay Pathare, medical director, Ruby Hall Clinic rejected the charge that they were denying services to patients.
Dr NC Ambekar, member, Indian Nephrology Society, Pune, said, “There are at least 400 dialysis machines in Pune, but very few are for HIV patients.”
In Pune, the dialysis facility for HIV patients is available with just two hospitals—Noble Hospital, Hadapsar and Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Dr Avinash Ignatius, senior nephrologist at Noble hospital, said, “The dedicated facility is occupied 24x7. In a day, at least five to six patients undergo dialysis.”
Dialysis centre for HIV patients a ray of hope
5 locations will have dedicated dialysis facility for HIV patients
By August 10, the state directorate of medical education and research (DMER) will start two dialysis units in private hospitals in each of these cities. Hence, 10 dedicated dialysis machines will be available for HIV patients.
25,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Pune
3,000 patients suffering from chronic kidney disease
500 patients need dialysis
400 number of dialysis machines in Pune
2 dialysis centres dedicated to HIV patients at Noble Hospital, Hadapsar and Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Pimpri-Chinchwad
2 dialysis machines at Aditya Birla Hospital
1 dialysis machines at Noble Hospital
15 more dedicated dialysis machines for HIV patients, needed say city doctors
These dedicated facilities are being launched in view of the enormous struggle, trauma and stigma that HIV patients face while seeking treatment from private hospitals.
Dr TP Lahane, director, directorate of medical education and research (DMER), Maharashtra
We have been demanding from the government that dedicated machines be provided for HIV patients, but in vain. Some people are forced to pay more in order to get the dialysis done. This exploitation will stop once the government gives us our right to healthcare and access to treatment.
Shabana Patel, president, Network of People Living with HIV, Maharashtra
First Published: Apr 20, 2019 15:05 IST