East: About 3,000 more kidney patients found

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Around 3,000 kidney affected patients had been found in Welioya, Dehiattakandiya, Seruwila, Kantale and Gomarankadawala where even the basic treatment was not available for such victims, let alone dialysis, All Ceylon Government Medical Officers’ Association (ACGMOA) said yesterday.

ACGMOA General Secretary Dr. Jayantha Bandara said that the deadly kidney disease (CKD) once confined to the North-Central Province (NCP) had rapidly spread to Welioya, Dehiattakandiya, Seruwila, Kantale and Gomarankadawala with around 3000 bread-winners of the affected families in those areas not getting required treatment and they had to visit Anurudhapura, Kandy or other hospitals for haemodialysis treatment.

All medical associations including the ACGMOA had requested the government to provide financial assistance to the affected families, he said.

It was the duty of the government to make available necessary medical treatment to such patients.

National Project for the Prevention of Kidney Disease Director Dr. Channa Jayasumana said that his team and he had visited Welioya, Kantale, Dehiattakandiya and Seruwila areas and detected nearly 3,000 people, especially farmers suffering from CKD.

Health Secretary Mrs. Sudhrama Karunaratne said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had given Rs. 2,000 million to prevent non-communicable diseases and about Rs. 600 million had been allocated for treating kidney patients.

The Ministry was in the process of supplying all the required drugs and haemodialysis machines to the hospitals in the affected areas. Apart from the hospitals on the NCP, the hospitals in all the affected areas would be provided with drugs and haemodialysis machines in due course. In addition water purification machines would also be provided to the people in the affected areas soon, she said.

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