Chandigarh: With high tech medical facilities along with advancements in the surgical techniques, PGI Chandigarh has drawn the attention of kidney patients from different parts of the country. On an average 15,000 kidney patients undergo treatment at the premier medical institute.

Most of the patients seeking treatment at the medical institute hail from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and north-eastern states.

At least 30 to 40 percent patients had to seek funds for treatment from various sources including assistance from state governments owing to their poor financial conditions.

The hospital conducts two kidney transplant operations every second day and at least four transplantations in a week. Around 170 kidney transplant surgeries are conducted every year in the hospital.

Authorities say conducting more than 170 transplants a year is not possible due to lack of doctors and infrastructure.

Talking to reporters, head of nephrology department, Dr Vinay Sakhuja, said that many patients had to wait for at least a year for transplant due to long queues of patients.

Sakhuja added that the newly appointed PGI director, Dr YK Chawala, has been informed in this regard.
According to a perception, the people believe that the kidney transplant does not work for more than 10-12 years.

But Anand Prakash, who belongs to Jharkhand, has demystified this perception. He had a kidney transplant 34 years back in 1976 and he is still living a healthy life.

In a good news for kidney patients, 30 Hemodialysis machines will be installed on December 17 during the inauguration of Artificial Unit section.

Currently, 21 Hemodialysis machines are at work in the hospital. The authorities have informed that 5 more machines will be purchased in the coming days.

Diabetes, high blood pressure, stone in urinary tract and absence of hunger are some of the indication for problem in the kidney, say doctors.

JPN/Bureau