Pakistan ranks eighth among the countries with a high rate of kidney diseases, with 17 million people suffering from kidney problems.
Unfortunately, people from lower income groups make up most of this statistic. They are at higher risk of chronic kidney disease due to unavailability of clean drinking water, lack of adequate hygiene and sanitation practices or poor nutrition. Increased consumption of smokeless tobacco and hypertension are also factors contributing to poor nephrological health.
The Patients’ Aid Foundation (PAF), a non-profit organization partnered with the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre to enhance the quality of care at the hospital’s nephrology ward.
The ward is now equipped with 19 hemodialysis machines and two new reverse osmosis plants in compliance with international standard of dialysis services.
In addition to this, qualified consultants and dialysis technicians have also been employed.
JPMC is one of the few hospitals that caters to the less privileged by offering free of cost services and this new development will hopefully offer some relief to patients whose treatments have been plagued by delays or lack of adequate facilities.
Currently, the PAF and JPMC are working to expand the dialysis unit so that they will be able to serve the wider community with the improved facilities.
From : pk.mashable.com