Pune: Around 61 per cent people with end-stage renal disease do not receive any treatment, said Dr Vivek Kute, senior nephrologist, while delivering a talk at 44th Research Conference at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) in Pune on Friday. In order to treat these patients, public health care sector should be strengthened, opined Kute.
“Majority of the patients suffering from end-stage kidney related disorders die in India and so, affordable kidney transplants should be made available at public health centres. There is a need to have global kidney exchange programme so that compatible kidneys are made available,” said Kute, while speaking on the topic 'Kidney Transplantation in India - Challenges and Solutions'.
He further added that, in India, around 61 per cent patients with end-stage renal disease did not get any treatment, 32 per cent got hemodialysis, 5 per cent receive peritoneal dialysis and just 2 per cent get kidney transplant.
He mentioned that there are a lot of hurdles, such as lack of availability of healthy and willing donor, lack of public education, lack of trained transplant coordinator, lack of trained medical fraternity and lack of training for procurement of such organs.
“The government should have a mass education programme. Initiatives like swap kidney transplant can also be of help to make kidneys available to needy patients. Also, the medical fraternity should try for global level kidney exchanges, so that compatible kidneys are made available,” said Kute.
He further added that there are many who get delayed kidney transplants and if one wants a better outcome, timely transplant helps.
“Living donor kidney lasts longer and, in India, around 90 per cent of the kidney donations are coming from living donors. We should promote more living donor transplants,” he added.