The dialysis, which takes place in four steps, costs Tk2,900 for the first, and Tk1,900 for the next three
The past several years in Naogaon has seen a steady rise in kidney disease among the residents, but medical facilities have not been developed to accommodate the patients.
Naogaon Modern Sadar Hospital is the popular destination for kidney patients due to its advanced dialysis facilities, but are yet unable to serve the number of patients. Lack of medical equipment like Hepatitis B Positive Machine has left the hospital in a woeful position, in addition to trained staff.
According to sources, late Abdul Jalil, a local leader, helped fund a dialysis center with the Mercantile Bank Foundation in 2012, which provided five dialysis machines to the hospital. Since then, the hospital has treated 8,421 kidney patients.
The dialysis, which takes place in four steps, costs Tk2,900 for the first, and Tk1,900 for the next three. The total Tk8,600 is considered very affordable for the local populace who do not have to travel to the capital for adequate healthcare and also for people from neighbouring districts.
However, the hospital has no kidney specialists. General practitioners and nurses who have grown familiar with symptoms are providing care.
Sohani, a resident of Naogaon town, praised the hospital, saying: “Four years ago, doctors diagnosed that both my kidneys had failed. I had to travel far for dialysis. But the Naogaon Modern Sadar Hospital has helped me so much. It is closer to my house, and is very affordable.”
Dr Munir Ali Akand, resident doctor at the hospital, said: “We have many patients, but not enough staff and equipment to meet the demands. If we are provided with both, we can provide better service to our patients.”