NephroPlus, India’s largest dialysis care network organized a day-long free, educational cum fun event- Aashayein for dialysis patients in Hyderabad. Aashayein is the flagship annual event exclusively for dialysis patients.
The educational programme had a comprehensive discussion with nephrologist, vascular surgeons and dieticians on the importance of leading a positive and normal life on Dialysis, the process of kidney transplant, diet and stress management during the dialysis process.
For the first time, more than 200 patients and their family members with a similar set of problems gathered together under one roof and talked to each other, heard people talking about their problems and most importantly – had fun. The event aimed to help dialysis patients by evaluating their awareness levels on the disease and self-care patterns, in addition to evaluating improvements in the quality of their lives.
Speaking on the occasion, Kamal D Shah, co-founder & director of Guest Services, NephroPlus and himself on dialysis for the last 21 years said, “Through Aashayein, we wanted to show that dialysis patients can lead normal lives. At this event, patients hear nephrologists, vascular surgeons dieticians and most importantly, other dialysis patients talk about how to lead the life you want to and reduce dialysis to being just a small part of their life.”
Dr Lalit Agrawal, nephrologist and medical director of NephroPlus said, “It is important that dialysis patients are enabled to lead normal lives. In India, there are several misconception around dialysis and many people think it is the end of life or a life restricted to the bed. Dialysis patients can work, exercise, travel and have fun. Events such as Aashayein drive home this message and go a long way in encouraging patients and their family members.”