“The Expanded Dialysis Centre”, an initiative for the underprivileged, put together by the joint efforts of The Greater Chennai Corporation, Rotary Club of Madras East and the TANKER (Tamilnad Kidney Research) Foundation, was inaugurated by Actor Suriya (TANKER’S Goodwill Ambassador), here today. The dialysis unit is a part of Chennai Corporation Diagnostic Centre, Kodambakkam.
The Chennai Silks, Athena Health Technology Pvt. Ltd and Tadikonda Vastsala Ramachandra Foundation are the key contributors for this noble cause.
Almost 2.5 lakh people die of kidney failure in India every year. It is the third largest killer after malignancy and heart disease. Millions suffer from some form of kidney disease and many of them, particularly in India cannot afford the cost of treatment or care.
TANKER (Tamilnad Kidney Research) Foundation, a registered non-profit charitable organisation, aims at helping under-privileged patients with kidney disease by giving subsidised dialysis and one time financial help for medication, investigation and transplantation and to spread awareness about kidney disease.
The Greater Chennai Corporation and Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME), one of the most active clubs in Chennai, along with Tamilnad Kidney Research Foundation have joined hands in reaching out to the needy in Chennai city. The Dialysis Centre operating out of Corporation’s diagnostic centre was started with 4 machines in May 2014 and is now expanding to 10 machines at a total cost of Rs 35 lakhs. It will serve 60 underprivileged kidney failure patients who will get free dialysis.
The machines have been donated by the Chennai Corporation, RCME, The Chennai Silks, Athena Health Technology Pvt Ltd and a group of transplant patients who collected donations for Dr. Georgi’s Abraham‘s (TANKER’S Founder Trustee) birthday. Tadikonda Vastsala Ramachandra Foundation and other donors have contributed to the expansion too.
Mr. P. A. Ravindhran, General Manager, The Chennai Silks, Ms. Latha Kumaraswami, Managing Trustee, TANKER Foundation, Rtn. K. Ananth, President, RCME, etc. were present during the inauguration.