New kidney club to help the needy

Nepal does not currently have a kidney transplant facility, meaning that needy patients have to seek such services abroad. The establishment of transplant facilities in Nepal would help to provide services locally, as well as saving money spent on going abroad for treatment.The National Kidney Centre (NKC) has formed ‘Friends of National Kidney Centre’, a club, which aims to assist kidney patients from poor family backgrounds in their treatment. Run by the Health Care Foundation Nepal (HECAFN), the club has been set up from funds raised from among its members and other donors. This was announced in a function organised to mark the fifth anniversary of the NKC."We have decided to form a club for the welfare of kidney patients for easier and cheaper treatment. The club will collect Rs 1,000 from each member each year and after seven years the members can receive free services from the NKC if required. The other fund will be used for assisting the needy," said coordinator of the club Manohar Gauchan.Speaking on the occasion, Medical Director of HECAFN Dr Rishi K Kafle said that the NKC is providing services to an average of 20 patients daily and the medical equipment in the centre is functioning at about 80 per cent of its full capacity. "We are trying to provide services at the lowest charge possible, but we are not able to cut down our expenses on renting the building and electricity services that has resulted in the high cost of dialysis," he added. He requested the government to provide land for the construction of a hospital building, which would cut down the cost of treatment. State Minister for Health Mohan Bahadur Basnet said that the ministry is trying to provide land for the hospital and this would help in making the treatment process for kidney patients easier. He welcomed the concept of the club and declared himself and other members of his family including his 18 months old son as members.Minister Basnet appreciated the public participation in catering services to kidney patients and said that more works should be done to make the treatment process cheaper and more accessible in the nation.Shreeman Shrestha, secretary of National Planning Commission contributed Rs 50,000 for the NKC in memory of his father who had been a kidney patient.