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Furore over hike in dialysis fee

Kidney patients, families stage protest at CMCH

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Furore over hike in dialysis fee

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CHATTOGRAM: Kidney patients and their family members have staged a demonstration at Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) protesting a rise in dialysis fee for kidney patients.

Nearly 100 people gathered in front of ‘Sandor Dialysis Centre’ in the hospital on Sunday morning.

They said that a lot of poverty-stricken patients come to CMCH from remote areas as dialysis charge is comparatively low there.

The dialysis charge was 510 taka under government management which has now increased to 535 taka and 2,795 taka under private management which has risen to 2,935 taka.

Director of CMCH Brigadier General Md Shamim Ahsan said according to the contract signed between Sandor and the government, the fee will go up by 5 per cent each year.

Sandor works as an independent body at the hospital and they deal with patients using their own employees, he said, adding that CMCH authority is not empowered to inspect their activities or look into their matter.

It may be mentioned that Indian organisation Sandor Medicaids Private Limited set up two dialysis centres at National Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology in Dhaka and CMCH under Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Bangladesh government in 2015.

According to the deal, the company will provide dialysis service at the two centres for ten years.