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Dialysis facilities in districts: Govt trying to fit round pegs in square holes, says medico body

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Srinagar: While the government is mulling to start dialysis facilities at district level in the state, the medicos are being critical to the move, saying that the government is targeting wrong spots and it is trying to invest its resources in the sphere which does not need any immediate attention.

Elaborating, the medicos say that the renal ailments do not figure in the top 10 causes of death in the state.

“In this scenario, when the government is trying to spend money on dialysis the move is not going to serve a large number of people,” said a senior doctor, wishing not to be named.

As per the data provided by Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (HME), USA, heart diseases figure at number one spot for the year of 2016, when it comes to the cause of death, followed by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) and Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) at spot three. 

Interestingly, Chronic Renal Diseases figure at number 12, when it comes to the cause of death in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

President, Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) Dr Suhail Naik said that the governemnt is focusing on wrong spots and is avoiding the spots where there is need of maximum attention.

“The government needs to target those areas which need attention and which prove to be more detrimental for the health of common masses,” he said.

Currently, the state is witnessing a dearth of infrastructure required to address the heart ailments at the district level hospitals.

“As per the data published by HME the number one cause of death in the state is the heart ailments,” the DAK President said.

Given this scenario, the government seems to be making a wrong move when it comes to establishing the dialysis facilities at the district level.

“It should have focused on heart ailments and most importantly the infrastructure required for decreasing the number of deaths caused by it,” he said.

“Though, the facility, if started at district level is surely going to help the down trodden lot of our society, but we have to understand that it is not going to cater to the wider needs of the patients,” Dr Naik said.

Instead of trying to stay focused and devise a full-fledged policy to tackle the major cause of mortality rate, the government is wasting its energies plus resources on other things, he added.

Pertinently, the Minister of Health and Medical Education had promised in November last year that the government will come with dialysis facilities at district level in three months.

Though, it has failed to keep the promise as of now, the move has been widely criticized by the experts in the field, including the major medico body of the state.

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