Hyderabad, Feb 24 : The State Government will soon start 28 new dialysis centres at four different places.
Giving a reply during Question Hour in the State Legislative Assembly on Friday, Health Minister Kondru Murali Mohan said that the State Government would started 10 dialysis units at Ongole and six units each in Vijayawada, Kadapa and Mahabubnagar.
The minister informed that there were 164 dialysis units functioning in various government hospitals in the State. They include 18 units in Gandhi Hospital, 15 in Osmania General Hospital, 10 units each in Guntur and Vijayawada, eight units each in Warangal, Kakinada and Tirupati and four units in Anantapur.
Kondru Murali Mohan admitted that there no dialysis units in the Girijan areas. However, he attributed the reason to the shortage of nephrologists in the State. He the government was trying to bridge the gap by taking up initiatives under the Public-Private-Partnership mode.
The Minister claimed that dialysis was being done on patients for eight times in a month under the Arogyasri scheme. He also ruled out the possibilities of illegal kidney transplantations hapnneing anywhere in the State.
MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi alleged that the government was providing dialysis facility to Arogyasri patient only twice or thrice in a month. TDP MLA R Chandrasekhar Reddy too alleged that the government was promoting the corporate hospitals by not upgrading the dialysis facilities in the public hospitals. He pointed out that in Mahbubnagar district, a 100-bed hospital was not having dialysis facility.
However, the minister denied the allegations and said that the government would soon increase the number of dialysis units in the State.