Published On: Thu, May 3rd, 2018
Published in Category: Quetta

Modern kidney centre inaugurated in Baluchistan

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Quetta: Government of Baluchistan opens a state-of-the-art public health facility providing free treatment to Pakistanis and Afghan refugee patients suffering from kidney disease.

The project was jointly delivered by Baluchistan ‘s health department, the Baluchistan Institute of Nephro-Urology Quetta, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) will cater for the needs of over 14,000 Pakistani citizens and Afghan refugees with renal diseases every year.

The facility was inaugurated at a ceremony on Wednesday, attended by UNHCR representative for Pakistan, Ruvendrini Menikdiwela, Chief Justice of the High Court of Baluchistan , Justice Mir Mohammad Noor Meskanzai, provincial secretary of health, Mr. Saleh Mohammad Nasir and Chief Executive Officer of the Baluchistan Institute of Nephro-Urology Quetta, Prof. Karim Zarkoon.

The project has been implemented under the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative – a platform for improving access to quality services for both Afghan refugees and their host communities.

Under the agreement, the provincial government has provided dialysis machines and trained staff while UNHCR has constructed a building to house the dialysis unit, installed an elevator and centralised the oxygen and air-conditioner systems, as well as provided 15-modern hospital beds.

The facility is unique in the province and currently treats sixty patients suffering from renal diseases every day. With the new dialysis unit, an average of forty-five additional patients who require haemodialysis will be treated free-of-cost each day. It currently costs Rs. 6,000 (USD 50) per patient, per session. All chronic patients need dialysis between two and three-times-a-week.

The Chief Justice of the High Court of Baluchistan , Justice Mir Mohammad Noor Meskanzai, appreciated UNHCR’s support to refugee hosting communities in the province. He said renal diseases are on the rise and such projects help tackle the crisis. He called upon the international community to continue to provide support to Afghan refugees until they are able to return to their country.

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