(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Dialysis Unit of the Colombo National Hospital with four dialysis machines was opened by Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratna yesterday (5th Oct.).
The Colombo national hospital has 30 dialysis machines and it performs 15, 000 dialysis annually. The Dialysis Unit at Maligawatta also performs 15, 000 dialysis annually.
When the government assumed office there were only 159 dialysis machines at hospitals island-wide. Now it has been increased to 450 and the ministry is planning to increase the number of dialysis machines to more than 1000 by end of 2018.
An Indian company has proposed to import 900 dialysis machines and establish dialysis centers and if the discussions succeed there will be another 900 machines to save the lives of kidney patients.