BHOPAL : Hospitals in the city are doing dialysis of kidney patients without Nephrologists. Dialysis is being done at JP and Hamidia hospitals, besides BMHRC, under the supervision of doctors who are only trained to operate Dialysis machines or junior doctors.

The JP hospital conducts dialysis of 10-12 patients in two shifts with 13 machines, three of which are reserved for patients with HIV, AIDS and other infectious diseases. But there is no specialist to look after the patients. Junior doctors and hospital staff conduct dialysis of the patients. JP hospital provides dialysis services free of cost.

CMHO Dr. Veena Sinha said that there were no Nephrologists in the hospital. They have doctors who are trained to conduct dialysis and in case of any emergency, they get assistance from the Hamidia hospital.

The Hamidia hospital, which is supposedly providing assistance to JP Hospital, itself does not have any Nephrologists. Dr. DK. Pal, Superintendent, Hamidia Hospital, said that after the retirement of Dr. VK Sharma, there is no Nephrologist in the hospital. A doctor has been sent for training, who will return after three months.

Hamidia hospital has seven dialysis machines with one reserved for patients with infectious diseases. On an average 8-10 dialysis are conducted at Hamidia without any Nephrologist.

A similar situation prevails at BMHRC, where around 30-35 patients undergo dialysis without any supervision.

They don’t even have separate dialysis machines for HIV patients. When the Hospital Director Dr. Manoj Pandey was asked about conducting such a large number of dialysis daily without Nephrologists, he said that the management will soon recruit doctors and consultants and that presently, dialysis is being done under his supervision. Though he is a cardiologist, Dr. Manoj Pandey is the HoD of Nephrology department at BMHRC.

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