Doctors say Oli’s dialysis at Manmohan Centre more convenient if a machine is not installed at BaluwatarTribhuvan University Teaching Hospital is planning to procure a new dialysis machine for the centre in view of the prime minister’s health.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s 10th round of dialysis since October 31 took place at the Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre. Earlier, there was confusion whether he had been taken to a private hospital.
Doctors say the Manmohan centre is rather convenient for the prime minister, given its proximity with his residence in Baluwatar. After there was a sudden deterioration in Oli’s health in October-end, he was rushed to Grande Hospital where he underwent two rounds of dialysis in as many days.
Oli was discharged from Manmohan Centre last week. He had spent 10 days after an appendectomy and the ninth round of dialysis.
Oli had one kidney transplanted 12 years ago. But with this kidney also not fully functioning, doctors have been putting him on dialysis on a regular basis.
A doctor attending to Oli said Manmohan Centre is best suited for the prime minister’s regular dialysis unless a decision to set up a machine in Baluwatar is taken.
"The centre is just a few minutes’ drive from Baluwatar," said the doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity. "A patient suffering from renal failure is exposed to the risk of several complications, which can be handled easily by the centre's experienced doctors. Moreover, specialised care is available round the clock.”
According to a source, the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital is even planning to procure a dedicated dialysis machine for the Manmohan centre, as the latter has been using the machine from the teaching hospital’s nephrology department to perform Oli’s dialysis.
"The teaching hospital has already started the procurement process," Dr Uttam Krishna Shrestha, director at the Manmohan centre, told the Post. "But there’s hardly any difference between we buying a machine or the teaching hospital.”
According to him, the new machine will be useful for other patients of Manmohan Centre.
"Procuring a dialysis machine was on our plan," an official at the hospital told the Post. "Yes, the process has been expedited due to the prime minister's health complications."
Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office was mulling over installing a dedicated dialysis machine and supportive facilities at Baluwatar.
Doctors have said the prime minister needs to go for another kidney transplant or stay on regular dialysis. However, the first option is immediately not possible, as Oli had peritonitis due to appendicitis. Doctors say peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum, a silk-like membrane on the inner abdominal wall. It can be caused by a rupture of the abdomen or other medical complications.
Oli’s health has been a cause for concern since August when he flew to Singapore for a medical checkup.