Pune: Lack of awareness, education, accessibility and affordability has increased mortality rate of patients on dialysis among the rural population. In a recent study conducted by NephroPlus across the country, it was revealed that the mortality rate at a staggering 22 per cent in one year as compared to 11 per cent for their urban counterparts.
The study was conducted across 85 cities in 18 states of the country pertaining to mortality data on dialysis. It examined some 16,000 patients. According to the survey conducted by NephroPlus, the five-year mortality is 60 per cent for the rural population as compared to 36 per cent for urban patients.
The study highlights the inequities that exist in the country even after 70 years of Independence. The study also showed that people who were wealthier and more educated had a lower mortality rate than those who were not well-off or well-educated.
Patients with an income higher than Rs 50,000 per month had a five-year mortality of 33 per cent, whereas, those who earned less than Rs 5,000 per month had a five-year mortality of 66 per cent. The survey also states that people who are going through dialysis, living in east India have 64 per cent less chance of survival within five years of treatment as compared to north, south and west India due to the lack of accessibility to proper treatment.
The survey also highlights the concern regarding the increase in mortality rate up to 60 per cent in Tier-3 cities. The alarming rate has compelled the brand to focus on their presence in places such as Pune, Ahmedabad and Lucknow.
Less accessibility to hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis (a cleansing fluid flows through a tube- catheter into part of abdomen and filters waste products from your blood) has caused major complications for patients who require constant attention to renal care. The survey also discloses that the quality of treatment and its affordability has a direct impact on the mortality rate.
Kamal Shah, Co-Founder and Director of Patient Services, NephroPlus, said that kidney failure is one of the most common chronic epidemics spreading across the country due to lack of affordability and accessibility to quality dialysis care to the masses.
“The research clearly states that the mortality rate of the dialysis patients is significantly high due to lack of awareness to detect the severity of the disease at the right time. It is our endeavour to be accessible and to provide advanced quality dialysis care across the country by educating people about advanced alternative methods to increase survival rates,” said Shah.