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Tribune Information Service
Srinagar Might 10
Because the COVID-19 outbreak halted public motion and despatched healthcare providers in deep disarray in Kashmir, authorities in Srinagar stepped up to make sure no non-COVID affected person within the metropolis suffers as a result of lack of remedy throughout the lockdown.
Metropolis authorities established a telemedicine centre and roped in 13 non-public dialysis centres to supply free dialysis to its sufferers affected by power kidney illness (CKD).
“We now have been in a position to present 890 free dialyses to our metropolis sufferers. Additionally, 263 sufferers have been supplied free life-saving medication and 181 diabetic sufferers acquired medication at their houses,” mentioned deputy commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal.
A fleet of 10 autos and a staff of 12 well being professionals have been deputed round the clock for addressing points associated to well being emergencies, calls for associated to dialysis, chemotherapy, diabetes and different such illnesses.
Authorities have been paying to the non-public dialysis centres recurrently to stop sufferers from being inconvenienced.
“Bills of dialysis are borne by the district administration. Most of those centres are working with the administration on a no-profit-no-loss foundation whereas devoted transport facility is made accessible by the administration,” he mentioned.
Dialysis doctor Dr Masood ul Hassan, who runs Properly Care Dialysis Centre at Soura, mentioned the initiative of Srinagar administration to supply free dialysis to its residents must be replicated in different districts.
“It got here as a serious reduction to CKD sufferers notably these belonging to economically-weak households. I carried out practically 110 dialyses and being paid for that by the district administration,” Hassan mentioned.
No less than 2,892 sufferers have been assisted remedy and medicines by name centre helpline established to cater to non-COVID well being emergencies requiring particular consideration amid lockdown.
Even 51 chemotherapy sufferers and 12 injured have been supplied free transport to the hospital and again house.
The initiative aimed toward attending non-CoVID well being points has gained a better response from the general public, Iqbal mentioned.
He mentioned the dialysis helpdesk has generated a database of all sufferers in want of dialysis and different kidney illnesses which has been mapped for immediate response by nearest groups.
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