More than 100 well-wishers donate K 20 mln to Pyinmana Sangha Hospital in April

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Some patients at the renal unit of Pyinmana Sangha Hospital. Photo -Than Min Htut

More than K 19.4 million was donated by 105 well-wishers to the renal department of the Pyinmana Sangha Hospital, according to Dr Than Min Htut, superintendent of the hospital.

In April, the hospital’s renal unit provided kidney dialysis 563 times to 92 patients, the poorest of whom were treated free of charge depending on the availability of funds, the doctor shared on his Facebook page.

“A dialysis patient is a person whose kidneys have stopped working. When the kidneys stop working, they can’t urinate. If a person doesn’t urinate for two or three days, their whole body gets swollen with oedema and we feel very sad to see their pain. After kidney dialysis, the toxic urine is excreted and so they recover immediately and their pain disappears in no time,” he explained.

Kidney patients have to undergo dialysis twice a week, eight times a month, at a cost of K55,000 each time for medicines only; the weekly cost is K 110,000 and the monthly cost is K440,000 for a patient who needs it eight times. As this amount is a huge burden, for lay people, people who live from hand to mouth, teachers, office clerks, hawkers, and taxi drivers, like a raging fire every month, the doctor expressed his special gratitude to all donors who helped to extinguish this fire, he said.

105 donors contributed K 19,439,500 in April 2024 and thanks to this fund, kidney patients will continue to survive, he posted.

MT/ZN

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