INAUGURATION OF THE ROTARY TANKER DIALYSIS CENTER AT PILLAR HOSPITAL, PORT BLAIR, ANDAMAN 20th JUNE 2021 at 10.30 a.m
INAUGURATION OF THE ROTARY TANKER DIALYSIS CENTER AT PILLAR HOSPITAL, PORT BLAIR, ANDAMAN
20th JUNE 2021 at 10.30 a.m
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. Around 14440 people get kidney failure every year in Tamilnadu alone, and only 10% have access to treatment.
TANKER (Tamilnad Kidney Research) Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organisation started in June 1993 with the aim of helping under-privileged patients with kidney disease by giving subsidised dialysis and one time financial help for medication, investigation and transplantation and also to spread awareness about kidney disease. TANKER cares for those, the underprivileged, who suffer kidney problems of any kind, reversible or terminal, regardless of caste, creed, sex or religion.
Dr. Georgi Abraham, Founder Trustee of TANKER Foundation felt the need to help the people of Andaman Nicobar Islands for dialysis treatment and requested Rtn Sharath Kumar VR, President of Rotary Club of Guindy to take up this project.
Rotary club of Guindy along with their partners Rotary Chatswood sunrise in Australia, Rotary Penang in Malaysia, Rotary Grand Baie in Mauritius, Rotary Club of Port Blair, TANKER Foundation and Pillar Hospital have joined hands to set up the Rotary TANKER Dialysis Centre to reach out to the needy dialysis patients in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The Dialysis Unit with 6 dialysis machines and other equipment was inaugurated by Rtn Shekhar Mehta, Rotary International President 2021-2022 at Pillar Hospital, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday 20th June 2021 at 10.30 am along with Rtn. Sharath Kumar VR, President of Rotary Club of Guindy, Rtn S. Muthupalaniappan Dist Governor RID 3232, Rtn. Sudip Mukherjee Dist Governor RID 3291 (all virtually) and Dr. Georgi Abraham, Founder Trustee, TANKER Foundation and Sister Jensia Mary of Pillar Hospital who were there in person.
Dr.Georgi spoke about the increasing need for dialysis treatment in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and was grateful that Rotary and Pillar Hospital had come forward to help in this project.Mrs Latha Kumaraswami ,Managing trustee,TANKER Foundation gave an update about TANKER Foundation and also about their 11 dialysis units in Tamil Nadu and other centres in Imphal Manipur,Kerala,MGM pondicherry,Tanzania and Vennikulam Kerala. Rtn.Sharat,President,Rotary Club of Guindy spoke about his long association with TANKER where he helped along with his fellow Leos in raising funds for TANKER in 1993 with Thiruda Thiruda and Daud film premieres.He was very happy to be associated again with this new dialysis centre.
We would be grateful for good coverage in your esteemed publication / newspaper / media channel. Your support will help us get more contributions and reach out to more underprivileged people suffering from kidney disease.
Thank you for all the help and encouragement that you have given us over the years.
Latha A Kumaraswami
Managing Trustee, TANKER Foundation
President-Elect, Secretary & Treasurer,
International Federation of Kidney Foundation
World Kidney Alliance (IFKF-WKA)
World Kidney Day Joint Steering Committee Member
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We have completed 27 years of service for the underprivileged with kidney ailments. With your help, we have meaningfully contributed to healthcare, research, training and advocacy connected to kidney disease. From June 1993 till May 2021, TANKER has provided 410,182 free and subsidized dialysis for 1926 patients. We have also given financial support of Rs. 3.38 Crores to 3607 patients as one-time contributions ranging from Rs. 5,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- for transplantation, medication, investigation and fistula surgery costs.
Our Eleven subsidized dialysis units have a total of 157 Dialysis Stations and are situated in 1. Ambattur Rotary Hospital, Chennai, 2. Arogya Trust, Chokkikulam, Madurai, 3. RVS College of Nursing, Kannampalayam, Coimbatore, 4. Corporation P.H.C, Nungambakkam, Chennai along with Rotary Club of Madras East, 5. Thiruverkadu, Chennai with Rotary Club of Madras West, 6. Vellore with Rotary Club of Vellore Fort 7. Corporation U. P. H. C, Retteri, Chennai along with Rotary Club of Chennai Towers, 8. Perungudi, Chennai with Corporation U.C.H.C and 9. Corporation U.C.H.C, Valasaravakkam, Chennai along with Rotary Club of Chennai Coastal, 10. Corporation U.C.H.C , Injambakkam, Chennai along with Freemasons Lodge Accountants 194 and Lodge Accountants Charitable Trust 11.Tiruppur with Tiruppur North Rotary Club and Tiruppur Corporation. We provide 5802 dialysis per month, of which 5543 are free of cost with valuable help from the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS), Greater Chennai Corporation and other valuable donors. At present, we help 634 patients in our units.
We also have a dialysis facility at MGM Hospital, Pondicherry. In November 2009, we started our HIV Dialysis Unit providing dialysis to underprivileged HIV patients. This is the first of its kind in India. Subsequently we also opened an HIV facility with 3 machines in Parumala, Kerala. We also support Kerala Kidney Research Foundation (KKRF), which provides free and subsidized dialysis at Thiruvalla Medical Mission, SH Hospital, Kottayam and PVS Hospital, Kochi. We have recently also donated 4 machines worth Rs. 24 Lakhs to KKRF. In February 2016, TANKER helped Catholic Mission Centre Hospital, Imphal, Manipur with 4 machines and equipment worth Rs. 33 Lakhs. TANKER along with The Madras Medical Mission has donated a machine to the Dar es salaam General Hospital in Tanzania.
Almost 2.5 lakh people die of kidney failure in India every year. It is the third largest killer after malignancy and heart disease. Along with helping our patients, spreading the word about kidney disease is equally important to TANKER. We have reached out to more than 1.89 lakh people with the 1279 Awareness Programmes we conducted at schools, colleges, law enforcement offices and public forums. We have also screened 35,793 individuals for early detection of kidney disease through our 423 screening camps. TANKER Foundation, Kerala Kidney Research Foundation and St. Behanan's Orthodox Church opened an awareness and screening center in St. Behanan's Orthodox Church at Vennikulam, Kerala on 03rd March 2021 to reach out to the needy. As the field of research in kidney diseases requires more attention and guidance in India, TANKER also gives awards for research in Nephrology and Service to the tune of Rs. 8 lakhs every year.
We are continuing to do dialysis for all our patients through our 11 dialysis units. Our grateful thanks again for your continued support. Please keep our staff and patients in your prayers.
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