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RIMS dialysis wing on verge of closure

RIMS dialysis wing on verge of closure
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The dialysis wing in the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is on the verge of closure because of severe shortage of water. Patients in large numbers not only from Kadapa but also from neighbouring districts will be deprived of the facility if the wing is shut.

Kadapa: The dialysis wing in the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is on the verge of closure because of severe shortage of water. Patients in large numbers not only from Kadapa but also from neighbouring districts will be deprived of the facility if the wing is shut.

  • Facing severe water shortage, the service may be stopped
  • 178 undergoing dialysis; 150 are on waiting list
  • Patients not getting complete treatment
  • Institute forced to drop move to install four new dialysis machines
  • Municipal water arranged last week on war-footing

The RIMS requires at least 30,000 litres of water to keep the wing in operation. Some of the patients are being sent home as the water scarcity is becoming severe by the day.People in the district demand that the government react immediately and ensure water supply to the RIMS.

The dialysis wing’s water needs are being met from a nearly borewell. It is only providing about 3,000 litres. As a result the wing’s work has been cut down by half, to two hours each day. Those undergoing treatment are not getting impurities removed from the body. This may result in loss of life.

RIMS is reportedly not making any efforts to look for an alternative water source. About 178 patients are undergoing dialysis twice or thrice a week. About 150 more are on the waiting list. These patients get a chance if one of the 178 patients dies. If sufficient water is available these patients can also avail themselves of the facility.

The institute has been forced to drop its move to go in for four more dialysis machines because of water shortage. It is utilising municipal water, pressed into service on a war-footing last week, to meet the needs. The waste water generated after dialysis is being used in RIMS bathrooms.

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