How coronavirus crisis is holding India's kidney patients to ransom

Many are unable to get the dialysis they need to survive as troubles mount after lockdown being imposed across the country

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Sachin P Mampatta Mumbai
The grandmother of Arun Aklekar (name changed on request) suffers from kidney failure and usually takes her dialysis treatments every few days. What might be considered a taxing routine anyway became worse when the Mumbai hospital they go to for her sessions shut down its dialysis unit after someone tested positive for Covid-19.

Similar closures and lack of transportation amid the pandemic, and the lockdown that came with it, have raised questions about the fate of those suffering from advanced kidney failure, an ailment which kills an estimated 225,000-275,000 every year in India, even without the problems that the coronavirus crisis has unleashed.

“A fair number of hospitals have shut their dialysis units,” says Vivekanand Jha, executive director at

First Published: Apr 11 2020 | 12:45 PM IST

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