According to the Health Ministry, every year, 20,000 die of kidney failure in Bangladesh
The authorities of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) have taken the initiative to set up a new dialysis unit with 50 beds.
The new unit will be set up on the second floor of the hospital in the Nephrology Department.
Previously, on September 4, Superintendent Engineer Kharirul Islam of the Public Works Department sent a letter to the director of the hospital regarding the new dialysis facility.
Mohsen Uddin Ahmed, director of the CMCH, said they have decided to set up the new dialysis unit in the Nephrology Department.
CMCH is the only public hospital in Chittagong that has dialysis facilities.
Last year, a dialysis centre was opened at the hospital, by a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), with 32 dialysis machines.
Professor Dr Pradip Dutt, head of Nephrology Department of CMCH, expressed his optimism that the new hemodialysis unit would meet the ever-increasing demand for quality dialysis treatment at a low cost in greater Chittagong.
Hemodialysis, commonly called dialysis, is the process of purifying the blood of a patient whose kidneys do not function normally.
In hemodialysis, blood is removed from the body, filtered through a machine and then returned to the body— mimicking the kidney’s functions.
A patient with damaged kidneys needs at least two sessions of dialysis a week.
According to Kidney Foundation Bangladesh and Bangladesh Renal Association, the number of patients suffering from kidney diseases is increasing rapidly in the country.
Nearly two million people are suffering from kidney and urological problems in Bangladesh.
According to the Health Ministry, every year at least 400,000 people are diagnosed with kidney disease in Bangladesh. Of them, 20,000 die of kidney failure.