Dialysis facility at Mettupalayam General Hospital

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Coimbatore: Mettupalayam residents suffering from kidney failure may not have to travel all the way to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital for dialysis anymore as the Mettupalayam Government Hospital is about to get a dialysis machine.

Work has already begun for installing infrastructure required to operate the machine at the hospital, which is celebrating its 135th year. A reverse osmosis machine installed at the hospital began operating from Friday. A water purifier was installed to treat water for the dialysis machine.

“We have been allotted a dialysis machine by the state health department. The reverse osmosis system will purify water of bacteria and viruses. Ultra-pure water will enter the hemodialysis machine and mix the dialysate for the treatment,” said chief of the Mettupalayam GH Dr Seralathan. “Other procedures, including engineering work and laying pipelines, is going on. The machine should arrive by September-end and installed immediately,” he told TOI.

The Mettupalayam GH gets about 50 kidney failure patients, who require dialysis almost every alternate day. “We have to refer our patients to the Coimbatore GH for dialysis or further treatment,” said Dr Seralathan. “Most of our patients are poor and struggle to travel all the way to Coimbatore, which can take up to two hours of travel. With most of them being immune compromised, they are susceptible to falling sick and infections. Travel is also expensive. All this can be avoided,” he added.

Source : TOI

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