12 new dialysis machines installed at BPKIHS, Dharan

A view of dialysis unit operated under the Internal Medicine Department at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan.

KATHMANDU: As many as 12 new dialysis machines/beds have been installed recently at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan. With the addition of new dialysis beds, the dialysis unit operated under the Internal Medicine Department has now 20 beds.

A new dialysis unit has been set up in front of the cathlab with12 new beds. BPKIHS Vice Chancellor Dr Gyanandra Giri cut the ribbon and formally inaugurated the new unit in the presence of the hospital directors, deans, heads of departments, doctors, students, nursing and administrative staff.

Dr Gyanandra Giri, Vice-chancellor at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, inaugurates dialysis machines installed at the academy.

The unit will provide additional support to the growing number of kidney patients in the region, said the vice-chancellor during the inauguration.

There is a plan to expand the existing ICU ward by including the space previously used by the dialysis ward.

Around1,000 dialysis a month takes place on average at BPKIHS. It was very difficult to do dialysis with just eight machines. At the same time, the number of patients waiting for dialysis used to be more than 50. It is believed that the newly installed machine would ease the situation to some extent.

In 1999, during the tenure of Shekhar Koirala, the then Vice Chancellor, with the initiative of Prof Dr OP Kalra, the Internal Medicine Department’s Dr Sanjiv Kumar Sharma and Nurses including Bengmu Tamang, Shobha Gurung and Poonam Kafle were sent to Bir Hospital, Kathmandu for two-month dialysis training.

After the training of the staff, for the first time dialysis service was started from two beds at the BPKIHS outside Kathmandu valley.

When the two beds were insufficient for patients, for the first time in Nepal, Dr Sharma introduced Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) method, which can be performed by the patients at home. Previously, in 1992, the first attempt was made to introduce CAPD method in Kathmandu, but without much success.

The CAPD method, which was started at BPKIHS in 2002, was not practised anywhere in the country till 2007. in the academy except in the kingdom of Nepal till 2007.

In 2004, on special initiative of Dr Sharma, the Royal London Hospital in the United Kingdom provided 11 dialysis machines as assistance. The machines were transported to Kathmandu by Qatar Airways free of cost. After that, a dialysis unit was set up at BPKIHS.

The recently installed dialysis machines are advanced and easy to operate, according to Dr Robin Maskey, Head of the department. He expressed his pleasure that he will be able to serve more kidney patients now.

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