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Ceylinco assists kidney patients

The number of kidney patients requiring special assistance and dialysis services in Sri Lanka is on the increase, according to medical statistics. Given the limitations imposed by the current system, not all patients are able to receive the service they need, in time.

In order to meet the needs of these helpless patients, Chairman of the Ceylinco Consolidated Dr. Lalith Kotelawala, pioneered the Ceylinco Dialysis Centre which has been operational since 2005.

Under Chairman's guidance, this is the first of its kind, the first private dialysis centre to open outside of a private or govt. hospitals to the public in Sri Lanka. Given the statistics that around 2,500 new patients with end-stage renal failure are detected every year in Sri Lanka. Ceylinco Dialysis Centre meets an acute need felt by patients from all over Sri Lanka, said Deputy Chairman Pieris.

Patients at the End Stage Renal Failure require dialysis treatment at least twice a week or sometimes three times a week, says Dr Janaka Wickramasinghe who heads The Ceylinco Dialysis Centre and personally supervises the patients and their treatment options, under the guidance of consultant nephrologists. The Centre is created based on the concept of a home away from home and not just a hospital, and offers modern, state-of-the-art medical facilities for patients.

According to Dr Wickramasinghe, it is important for patients who have diabetes and high blood pressure to keep an eye on the status of their kidneys. "If they do not keep blood sugar and blood pressure under control, it can affect the kidneys.

You don't have to wait until you find you have an affected kidney - a simple urine test such as urine for micro albumin and blood test such as serum creatinine and blood urea can detect early stage of kidney disease - and ensure early and preventive treatment." Equipped with eight high tech Dialysis machines, the Ceylinco Dialysis Centre is staffed by a qualified and competent team of medical professionals who are trained in emergency procedures and modern treatment options.

The Centre provides free consultation services to patients in need, along with nutritional advice.

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