Bangalore-based Institute of Nephro Urology said it will provide free medication for its kidney-transplant patients beyond the one year stipulation in view of the non-affordability of the transplant recipients to buy immune-suppressant drugs.
The institute said it has successfully transplanted kidney on more than 103 patients at the state-run institute but many of them were unable to bear the post-surgery medical expense on suppressants costing about Rs.15,000 per month.
The institute said it would bear the cost of drugs beyond the one year period and set aside Rs.2 crore for the medicines and sought more funds from the government.
Former Director of the Institute, G.K. Venkatesh rolled out the free kidney transplantation programme in 2007 and its current director C.S. Ratkal, said that barring 3 or 4 patients, all others come forn below poverty line (BPL) families and hence the insitute decided to bear their expensive medicines even after one-year as is the practice now.
In Tamil Nadu too similar programme is undertaken and kedney-transplanted patients are given medicines beyond the one year period, he said.
Karnataka Government established the Institute in 2004 as a premier organization promoting Health Care Services in the field of Nephrology and Urology. An autonomous body, the Institute of Nephro-Urology is aided by the government of Karnataka located in the campus of Victoria Hospital, Bangalore.