A patient at dialysis center in Kothagudem
A patient at dialysis center in Kothagudem

Kothagudem: The newly opened dialysis centers across the district recently are not serving the purpose as they are facing insufficient staff. Health Minister Dr Laxma Reddy had inaugurated the dialysis centers in area hospitals of  Bhadrachalam and Kothagudem on April 10 this year. Even after one month of opening the centers, the officials haven’t recruited the staff. 

On the day of inauguration, the Minister promised to recruit staff immediately, stressing that the government was keen on providing best health services to the people in the State. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is giving top most priority to health services and releasing more funds to health sector, he also said.

The government opened the dialsis centres after observing the increasing number of dialysis patients in agency areas and not many of these cant offord treatment in hospitals in the cities. But its aim is not getting fulfilled due to staff crunch. 

The centers in both Bhadrachalam and Kothagudm require eight staff members and one neurology doctor. But the government had appointed only two employees. The doctors working in these centers said that more than 50 patients per day are getting registered in these centers.

A patient Sitamma said that its good that the government had established dialysis centers but what is the use if there are no sufficient staff to provide treatment to the patients. She urged the government to appoint staff in the centers.

District Medical Officer Dr Dayanand Swamy said the recruitment process for these centers is going on and soon it will be completed.