Kathmandu, October 6:

The National Kidney Centre (NKC) today extended its haemodialysis service.

With 30 dialysis machines, the NKC has become the biggest dialysis centre of the country. The centre already had 20 dialysis machines and now it has managed to acquire 10 new machines through German aid.

The centre now has facilities of regular and emergency haemodialysis, OPD service, ultrasonogram and clinical pathological lab tests for kidney patients.

Executive director of the NKC, Dr Rishi Kumar Kafle, said the centre has been providing services in the lowest possible price. “We take fees from patients just to cover the centre’s operating cost. However, the treatment is simply not affordable to common Nepalis,” he said.

Inaugurating the extended service, deputy Prime Minister and minister for health and population, Amik Sherchan said that he had held an informal discussion on developing a national kidney centre in the cabinet.