This morning, the third NephroPlus center was officially inaugurated. This is a very significant milestone in many ways.
For one, there was no dialysis facility in Mahabubnagar. Dialysis patients currently travel about 100 kilometers each way to Hyderabad to get dialysis two to three times a week. It takes a good two hours to travel one way. So four hours for traveling and at least five hours for the four hour dialysis session itself and about half an hour before and after. The whole day gone. For the patient and an attender. Twice or thrice a week. People we talked to said that they were spending more on travel than on the dialysis session itself.
No more of that!
People can literally hop, skip and jump into the swanky dialysis center that has been built inside Mahabubnagar's S. V. S. Medical College and Hospital. And you're not going to believe the last part - they can get dialysis for free since the unit is going to be shortly empaneled under the Andhra Pradesh Government's revolutionary Aarogyasri scheme!
This inauguration is significant in some other ways as well. This is NephroPlus' first dialysis center outside Hyderabad and its first inside a hospital. The earlier two units were inside Hyderabad city and were standalone centers. This will bring on a lot more challenges. We are, of course, all looking forward to this new experience!