Seventh dialysis centre in Himachal Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Hospital, Shimla has been provided with dialysis centre.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj and Health and Family Welfare Minister Vipin Singh Parmar on Friday inaugurated the dialysis centre at DDU. This dialysis facility is already available in Solan, Mandi, Kullu, Una, Bilaspur and Dharamshala districts.

Speaking on the occasion, the Education Minister said it was a long pending demand for opening a dialysis centre in Shimla, which has been fulfilled today, which would facilitate hundreds of patients coming to the regional hospital for treatment.

He said this hospital was established during British regime and was catering to health needs of thousands of people and keeping this in view, the government was strengthening the facilities in this institute.

Providing better health facilities in regional hospitals would reduce the pressure on medical colleges, he added.

Two days before taking oath as Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had visited this hospital and announced to set up a digital X-ray machine here, he said, urging the Health Minister to establish it soon. Parmar said that ‘National Dialysis Programme’ had been started under the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under which the state got the dialysis centre. In this centre, BPL families would get free dialysis facility, whereas, APL families would get it at a minimum cost of Rs 1169.

He said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the state government wants to take this facility to all the district and sub-division level hospitals. In the near future, dialysis centers would be opened in Chamba, Nurpur, Palampur and Paonta Sahib.

Parmar said that so far 4709 people had been provided facility for dialysis in the state under this scheme. He said earlier, people of the state had to go for treatment out of the state, resulting in wastage of money as well as time.

He assured that the digital X-ray machine would be installed in DDU within two months for which tenders had already been invited.

DDU hospital was a historic building, so it will be restored without much tampering, he added.