Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) Agha Welfare Trust (ADC), a CSR initiative of Agha Steel Industries Limited, recently inaugurated state-of-the-art Agha Dialysis Centre (ADC). This is the third such facility and has been established at Imam Clinic, Karachi.
The purpose-built dialysis 10 bedded unit will accommodate at least 720 dialysis per month.
ADC is committed to providing quality healthcare especially to the less privileged segment of our society. In all three facilities, beneficiaries not only receive free of cost treatment but also get rehabilitation facility which directly impacts poverty alleviation.
The first such facility was established at Bait-ul-Sukoon Cancer Hospital while the other one was at Fatimiyah General Hospital. Both the facilities have so far successfully treated 25,000 renal cases.
Speaking at the occasion, Executive Trustee of Agha Welfare Trust & CEO of Agha Steel Industries Limited, Mr. Hussain Agha, highlighted the need for such medical facilities. “Kidney failure is among the leading causes of death in the country and with only 140 fully equipped dialysis centres nationwide. There is an epidemic of renal diseases in our country today that is affecting both the rich and poor.
“Thousands of patients have to undergo regular twice- to four-times a week haemodialysis treatment that causes strain to their families who have to continuously cope with the prohibitive costs of maintaining their dialysis treatment sessions that include regular and emergency medical examinations, hospitalization and medicines. Even those who have money found it difficult because if one has a renal disease, lifetime treatment is needed.”
According to studies, as of 2018 there are 21 million people in Pakistan that are battling chronic kidney disease. 80% of patients on dialysis die within a year due to inaccessibility of proper treatment. Agha Welfare Trust aims to provide relief to this number through installation of fully equipped Dialysis Centre facilities throughout Pakistan.