A Rotary Dialysis Centre with three dialysis machines was set up in Kumbakonam by RID 2981 at a cost of ₹24 lakh. This global grant project was made possible with the support of RID 9820 from Australia and TRF.
The district has entered into an MoU with the City Union Bank (CUB) for the maintenance of the dialysis centre for a year. “During the lockdown, the new facility was useful for local patients to avoid unnecessary travel and related expenditure,” said PDG S Piraiyon who was instrumental in getting the global grant from TRF.
The building was constructed by CUB at a cost of ₹30 lakh; the bank also put up additional funds totalling ₹8.5 lakh for setting up an RO unit, cots and other furniture. “We had applied for the global grant in 2018–19 during my tenure as DG and the dialysis centre was inaugurated the following year after the building was constructed and other facilities were in place,” he said.
He thanked the bank for this partnership, and for agreeing to meet the recurring expenditure of ₹1.25 lakh every month to pay the salary of doctors and paramedics.
He was assisted by IPDG Manimaran, PDG Ramesh Babu, DG Balaji Babu and DRFC Balasundaram in the execution of the GG project. Rtn Balasubramanian, general manager, CUB, Kumbakonam, took keen interest in the completion of this project.