Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated dialysis centres in 16 Sub Divisional level hospitals through video conferencing on Thursday. As per the plans, 32 dialysis centres will be opened at the sub-divisional hospitals in the State under the 5T initiative.
The 16 sub-divisional dialysis centres inaugurated are in Khordha, Pallahara, Talcher, Soro, Kamakshyanagar, Hindol, Dharmagarh, Gunupur, Baliguda, Anandpur, Champua, Bonaigarh, Rairangpur, Udala, Tigiria and Dungurupalli.
The Chief Minister said that 32 dialysis centres will be opened at the sub-divisional level. He said that the state government would spend Rs 50 crore annually to provide free dialysis services to the patients.
Opining that treatment of kidney disease is very expensive, the Chief Minister said that by establishing of these centers kidney patients can get dialysis services free of cost near their homes.
He said that the free dialysis service-Sahay was started in 2018 to provide better health services to the people of the state. Odisha was the first state in the country to provide this service.
In the first phase, this service was started in all district headquarters hospitals. Now under the 5T initiative, it has been extended to Sub Divisional level hospitals.
In 2018, the state government started the ‘Sahay-free dialysis service’ with the opening of 36 dialysis centers in Medical College Hospitals and District Headquarters Hospitals.
In the second phase, the target is to open 32 dialysis centres at the Sub Divisional level.