IGM Dialysis unit closed of non-payment

AGARTALA:

The free Dialysis unit of Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital, started under the national programme of Pradhan Mantri Dialysis Yojana, has been closed, reportedly, due to non-payment to the operator company today.

It was learnt from the authorities that “Eskag Sanjeevani” the organization associated with the hospital in PPP model to provide all the technical support for Dialysis unit stopped its services followed by a letter.

In the letter, written under the subject “Prayer to stop deprivation of Payment”, the company stated that the company was providing necessary services with very minimal profit margin of 5% but, unfortunately left unpaid for a “prolonged period”. In Such conditions, the medical “vendors are not supplying the materials needed”, the letter read. The letter also stated that due to non-payment from the concerned authorities the organization was struggling to pay their staffs which might have caused discontinue of services.

According to sources in the hospital, the number patients with kidney diseases are increasing day by day. Many patients have to go for dialysis twice or thrice a week. In such circumstances closure of the services will put heavy burden on other such units. Moreover, in private health facilities dialysis is a costly affair. The private hospitals charge Rs. 5000 to Rs. 6000 for each dialysis session.

Higher officials in the health department informed us that soon the services would be re-introduced.

“There were some problems with the payments and soon the problems will be resolved” added the sources. Meanwhile, many patients were found sitting in the queues waiting for resume of services.