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.