This is the first time, the Union Health ministry is preparing for offering peritoneal dialysis facility at the doorstep of kidney patients. This will be conducted under the PMNDP (Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme). The programme for offering free dialysis care to kidney patients at district hospitals had already been launched in 2016.
The objective is to attain equity within patient entree towards home-based peritoneal dialysis as well as lessen the total charges of care to system via concentrating over effective leveraging of resources, states a senior health ministry official.
In addition, peritoneal dialysis enables in filtration of blood in a different way than it is being done by other common blood-filtering process hemodialysis.
It utilizes lining of the abdomen as well as a cleaning solution known as dialysate to purify the blood.
As per a draft plan, the ministry may perhaps offer PD (peritoneal dialysis) facility to patients at their doorsteps.
"Dialysis programs across the globe are established over a combination of haemodialysis along with peritoneal dialysis.
"Provided that peritoneal dialysis evades the extensive costs required for set up, maintenance & staffing of infrastructure. Also, lessens the demand on healthcare arrangement as well as provides patient with autonomy and insertion of peritoneal dialysis within the ambit of the National Dialysis Program is even being considered," the official adds.
The Centre publicized the National Dialysis Program in the budget of 2016.
First phase of this program had foreseen setting up of HD (haemodialysis) centers in all districts that is being instigated.
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) that is another type of standard dialysis therapy, had not been included in first phase.
PD permits therapeutic intervention at the patient’s house (or else nearest to community) that in turns eases overall out-of-pocket expenses by saving the pay loss of patient as well as their relatives. This was not possible previously in HD patients necessitating them to travel to the district level 2 or 3 times in a week.
Besides, small kids especially below five years of age are every so often cannot bear with HD.
Such patients are if possible recommended PD, house-based PD is well suitable within their flexible routine life.