- Alpha also targets to raise the number of dialysis machines on service to 32 to offer 2500 free dialysis per month from its present capacity of 1300 dialysis per month with its 19 machines
Adv K Rajan, Minister for Revenue, said there are many social service organizations in the state which follow history while which create history are only a few like Alpha Palliative Care based in Edamuttam, Thrissur. He was speaking after virtually inaugurating Alpha Palliative’s Family Welfare Schemes for those who avail its free dialysis services at a hybrid function held online and at Alpha’s headquarter at Edamuttom, Thrissur, on Saturday. The newly-launched Family Welfare Scheme includes free transportation facilities, injections, monthly medical check ups and helping to meet personal needs of those who avail Alpha’s free dialysis service presently.
In his keynote address, K M Noordeen, Chairman, Alpha Palliative Care, said when Alpha started way back in 2005, the focus of service was on those who were terminally ill and bed-ridden. In 2009, Alpha launched Punarjani, a service including physiotherapy which started helping a lot of patients to regain their body movements and thus avoid bed sores and other complications. “Later, we also found out that dialysis also is part of palliative care and started free dialysis services. Now, we come to know that dialysis alone also cannot bring back those smiles onto their faces as life before and after dialysis including expensive transportation to avail them and meeting daily needs are the challenges remaining. He also said Alpha wants to raise the number of dialysis machines on service to 32 to offer 2500 free dialysis per month from its present capacity of 1300 dialysis per month with its 19 machines.
The function was presided over by Dr. George Joseph, President of All Kerala Medical and Dental Graduates (AKMG) UAE which donated the tempo traveler for the scheme. The function was also addressed by Dr. Sirajudeen P, former President; Dr. Safarulla Khan, Secretary General, AKMG; Ravi Kannambilly, Trustee, Alpha; T V Ramesh, Alpha Palliative Council UAE Secretary General; Dr. Jose Babu, Alpha Medical Division; V J Thomson, Member, Alpha Governing Council; Suresh Sreedharan, Alpha Community Care Director and Adv. P F Joy, Dialysis Executive Council. The first vehicle for the free transportation of dialysis patients was flagged off at the function by Naraynan Master from Nattika, a family member of one of the patients who avail the free dialysis service.