Health Minister launches ‘Punjab Kidney Foundation’ a kidney support group at Ivy Hospital
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Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra launched a ‘Punjab Kidney Foundation’ a kidney support group and a dedicated Kidney Helpline at Ivy Hospital, Mohali.
Among others, Gurtej Singh, Chairman of Ivy Group of Hospitals, Dr. Kanwaldeep (Medical Director); Dr Avinash Srivastava, Director Urology & Renal Transplant Surgery; Dr Raka Kaushal, Director Nephrology and Dr Aruna B. Bhoy, Facility Director were also present during the occasion.
The Punjab Kidney Foundation is a support group; the registered members of which will meet every two months. In this forum, the members will be empowered with knowledge through awareness program about disease, treatment modalities, diet and lifestyle management etc. Thus, will resolve their common queries like – what options do they have, who can donate kidney, what should be the frequency of dialysis, and dietary advice etc. This forum will be open for all kidney failure patients & their relatives, other than Ivy hospital patients. Apart from the interactive sessions, diet classes for kidney patients and fun activities will be organized. Kidney Helpline no. 9888 3888 09 will be managed by the qualified team to educate patient and guide them; through telephonic consultation will not be encouraged as clinical examination remains the core of diagnosis & treatment.
While addressing the occasion, Gurtej Singh said that being the largest chain of Punjab, our every hospital has a dialysis center. Mohali unit has 25 dialysis machines and has the robust kidney transplant program. We also have applied transplant license at Amritsar unit. Strategic efforts have been put to serve this serious disease burden of the society. In view to address the accessibility issue for kidney failure patients, we also have future plans to start e- consultation by our expert nephrologist and Transplant surgeon.