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Karachi Kidney Centre - a beacon of hope.

Karachi Kidney Centre - A Beacon of Hope

For those who believe that the values of love, humanity and goodwill have ceased to exist, the building of Karachi's Kidney Centre, is a beacon of hope. It is a living monument of the fact that in this materialistic society of ours, there are some people, who are always willing to come forward and help the suffering humanity. Kidney Centre is a noble example of community service. It is unique project in the sense that it has been totally built on public money.

It has been financed by the people throughout, who have raised funds through charity, programmes, walk a cause, greeting cards and other welfare programmes. A self-financing project, the Kidney Centre started functioning in July 89 and is presently treating 68 patients for renal diseases. Of them 30 are being treated free of cost.

To provide modern dialysis facilities 13 dialysis machines are available at the Kidney Centre. The hospital has a capacity of 16 machines. Eighth thousand dialysis have been carried out so far, of them 50 per cent were paid by welfare organisations and philanthropists. Dr. Jafer Naqvi, Secretary Board of Governors of the Kidney Centre, told "the Kidney Centre is a success of community, established exclusively with the efforts of the private sector the building is almost complete now. However an additional amount of 60 million rupees is needed for purchase of equipment." The Kidney Centre aims at providing medical facilities of international standards to kidney patients in the country." The basic objectives of the Kidney Centre are to train people in the discipline, to collect data for research work, to impart postgraduate courses and diploma and to train paramedical staff in the field of renal diseases.

One of the aims of the Kidney Centre is to provide dialysis at affordable costs. At present the process of dialysis costs Rs. 6,000 per month, but for the needy and deserving patients Kidney Centre looks forward to the constant and full time support of philanthropists, because for such patients Kidney Centre needs continued public support. "So far we have been able to provide free services to more than 50 per cent of patients because people were willing to sponsor them, "without their co-operation we couldn't have embarked on this project as someone has to pay for the expenses of the services provided" said Dr. Naqvi.

To ensure a fixed amount of income regularly 10 per cent of the donations received by the Kidney Centre have been placed in the fixed deposit. Besides that funds are raised through regular "Walk a Cause", sale of Eid cards and greeting cards and other welfare programmes, and donations from public and welfare organisations. In addition "friends of Kidney Centre" a group of people who want to help the Kidney Centre raise funds through different programmes.

The centre has 16 - bed strength 4 doctors and 3 technicians. At present 70 patients are being treated on regular basis. Of these 21 patients are supported by Sindh Zakat Council and more than 10 by the centre. Casualty ward is due to start in 3-4 months. Laboratory has started functioning in September 1991.

Talking about the number of patients suffering from renal diseases in Pakistan Dr. Naqvi said, in every million population, 50 were suffering from incurable kidney problems. Whereas cases of other kidney ailments such as stones and renal infections were also quite often reported at the hospitals.

Dr. Naqvi said there is serious dearth of potential kidney donors and normally only the relatives of patients were willing to donate their kidney for transplant and if the blood group and tissues of the donor did not match with the patient then there was no other alternative for such a person. He strongly suggested that people should donate their kidneys after death so that they can save the life of others.

Advertisements appear in newspapers by the rich people offering money to donors. Specialists say poor donors come forward to sell their kidneys. To develop awareness about renal diseases health education was a must said Dr. Naqvi and in this regard media can play a vital role by educating people about common kidney ailments and their preventive measures, he added. Prevention is better than cure, it is said, and a number of kidney problems can be avoided by following a strict health routine and regular medical check-ups, because early detection can avoid further complications. Judging from the tremendous public support, Kidney Centre has received throughout, one can safely assume that awareness about renal disease is spreading and the credit for this, says Dr. Naqvi goes to all, the people, the media, and the friends of Kidney Centre who have given all possible support to the project eversince it took off some five years back.

PHOTO : A view of Karachi Kidney Centre

PHOTO : Dialysis machines in operation at Karachi Kidney Centre

PHOTO : Kidney Patient at Karachi Kidney Centre
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Publication:Economic Review
Date:Sep 1, 1991
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