17% of Indians have some form of chronic kidney disease. (Harvard Medical School in partnership with 13 medical centers)
2,00,000 new patients need dialysis treatment every year in India. But the unfortunate reality is that only 10 to 20% of them get proper treatment.
Statistics suggest that there should be almost 20,00,000 people on dialysis in India as of today. The reality is that there are only about 1,00,000. The rest have been lost due to non-diagnosis and non-treatment.
In India, kidney failure patients are much younger and affect predominantly the working population.
Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute’s Dialysis Department was started in Jan 1998, with a modest 2 old dialysis machines, with the aim of giving dialysis to the patients living in the rural areas of Mira – Bhayander.
This was the first such setup in Mira Road and it was a boon for the patients as they need not travel long distance to the city for dialysis.
Currently the department of dialysis has 12 dialysis machines (1 reserved for positive patients).
From 2008 till date, the hospital has offered appx. 78,000 dialysis at free/ concessional rate.
JayeshPagi, 25 years old, Tribal from Talasari, with no income
Lost his father and brother due to kidney disease
He requires 12 dialysis per month (appx 144 dialysis annually).
In the words of Jayesh, “The Pass-book system initiated by the hospital has been of great help to many dialysis patients like me who otherwise who have stopped dialysis”.