'Free dialysis centres in all 28 constituencies'

'Free dialysis centres  in all 28 constituencies'

Each of the 28 Assembly constituencies in the City will get a free dialysis centre, said Mayor B N Manjunatha Reddy.

Speaking to reporters after the inauguration of the eight-bed Sushrutha Dialysis Centre at Yediyur near Sakamma Garden, Reddy hailed the initiative saying that it will help the urban poor. The other centres will be set up on the lines of the one at Yediyur, he added.

“Each dialysis session costs around Rs 1,000, which the urban poor find difficult to afford if they have to undergo the procedure everyday. A centre like this comes as a big relief to them,” said the Mayor.

On the occasion, Reddy also raked up the issue of fair share to the BBMP from the commercial and entertainment taxes collected by the State and the Centre every year. “It is estimated that about Rs 50,000 crore goes from Bengaluru in the form of entertainment and commercial taxes. It will be justified if these two governments give us (BBMP) a fair share of these two taxes to improve City infrastructure,” said Reddy.

The dialysis centre

The Sushrutha Dialysis Centre has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 1.75 crore with facilities available at any super speciality hospital. At least 24 patients can undergo dialysis treatment everyday, which elsewhere costs somewhere between Rs 450 and Rs 1,000 a day, depending on the hospital. The Yediyur corporator Poornima Ramesh, her husband N R Ramesh and other multinational companies have raised a trust to bear the expenses of medicines for the patients. Usually, the post-dialysis medicines cost somewhere between Rs 8,000 and Rs 10,000, which will be borne by the trust.

The hospital will soon have a diagnostic centre along with an ECG facility. The patients will be charged a maximum of Rs five for the five types of blood tests and the rest would be borne by philanthropists.

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