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Dialysis patients suffered major obstacles in accessing medical care during lockdown: Dr Dheerendra

Yash Ved, Mumbai
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Dialysis patients suffered major obstacles accessing medical care due to the COVID-19 lockdown and the fear of going to hospitals. With a weak immune system, they are prone to develop high-risk infections and severe health problems, stated Dr. Prashant C Dheerendra, consultant nephrologist, Apollo Dialysis.

Dialysis is a treatment where artificial kidneys filter the blood by removing waste and extra fluid from the body. It also acts as a support to your body by keeping the fluids and electrolytes in balance.

The on-going pandemic has created a sense of fear and anxiety in the minds of the patients suffering from various non-communicable diseases and especially the ones suffering from kidney-related ailments.

During this pandemic, it was very difficult for the dialysis patients to go out and attend regular sessions at the clinic, but with unlock 4.0 phase, patients have eventually learned to cope with the situation and are trying to maintain a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

In this on-going pandemic, it is extremely crucial to keep an eye on your health amidst the anxiety and chaos by attending your sessions timely. It is critical to take precautions and stay healthy. However, to fight this battle patients also need to join hands with healthcare providers by following certain guidelines that would keep the infections at bay, added Dr Dheerendra.

There are few things that need to be kept in mind before undergoing the dialysis treatment during a pandemic such as follow the COVID-19 norms, maintain the necessary hygiene, maintain a proper diet and be in touch with your medical expert.

Dr Dheerendra added, “In such tough times, when going out can increase the risk of getting infected, always try to stay in touch with your medical expert over the phone. Try switching to a virtual session and discuss the necessary problems. Keep note of the medicines prescribed and help your doctor stay updated about your health.”


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