386 patients undergo kidney transplantation at Bhaktapur

BHAKTAPUR: Human Organ Transplant Centre in Bhaktapur has performed kidney transplantation on 386 patients so far.

The Centre came into operation in April 23, 2012. During the past nine months alone, the Centre has transplanted kidneys on 104 patients, shared the Centre's Executive Director Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha.

He also said that the Centre provides haemodialysis service to over 100 patients on a daily basis under its 24-hour service.

Director Shrestha further informed that the Centre has successfully transplanted kidney received from a brain-dead person for the first time in Nepal, has performed successful liver transplant, along with providing Endoscopic Ultrasound service to the patients - first of its kind at a government health facility.

The Centre has increased its services with a rise in number of kidney patients. At the same time, it is also launching open heart surgery service for the first time in Bhaktapur in the near future, according to Dr Shrestha.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers held on January 1, 2018 took the decision to change the Centre’s name to Dharmabhakta Human Organ Transplant Centre. Dr Shrestha added that the name on the board of the Centre will be changed once they receive the circular from the Ministry of Health.