Peritoneal dialysis to be included in the National Dialysis Programme
The Health Ministry announced the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme (PMNDP) in 2016 and in the first phase haemodialysis centres were to be set up in all districts. Now peritoneal dialysis is to be included in the ambit of the programme as it avoids infrastructure costs, maintenance, staffing, and offers patient autonomy and flexibility in lifestyle since it can be done at home. Therefore, the Health Ministry has released guidelines for establishing peritoneal dialysis services which will serve as a comprehensive manual to States that intend to set up peritoneal dialysis. The guidelines were formulated after an extensive consultative process that was coordinated by the National Health Systems Resource Centre and an expert committee. Prof. Vivekanand Jha, Chair of the committee said that mass-based peritoneal dialysis programmes have the potential to substantially bring down the cost of treatment. Dr. Narayan Prasad, Secretary General, Indian Society of Nephrology and a member of the expert committee emphasised the need to develop simple self-care tools for people on peritoneal dialysis to prevent development of complications.
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