TANKER (Tamilnad Kidney Research) Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organisation started in June 1993 with the aim of helping under-privileged patients with kidney disease by giving subsidised and free dialysis and one time financial help for medication, investigation and transplantation and to spread awareness about kidney disease. TANKER cares for those, the underprivileged, who suffer kidney problems of any kind, reversible or terminal, regardless of caste, creed, sex or religion. The 8th TANKER Dialysis Unit was inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri. G.Prakash, I.A.S, Commissioner, Greater Chennai Corporation and Guests of Honour Shri P. Madhusudhan Reddy, I.A.S,Deputy Commissioner (Health), Greater Chennai Corporation and Shri. Dr.Senthilnathan, City Health Officer, Greater Chennai Corporation.Mrs.Latha Kumaraswami,managing Trustee, TANKER Foundation gave an update about TANKER and how TANKER had started with 2 machines initially and were now running 7 dialysis centres for the underprivileged serving over 500 patients.
TANKER was grateful to the Greater Chennai Corporation and the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) and other valuable donors for their support. This is TANKER’s 8th Unit and the 3rd along with the Greater Chennai Corporation. Commissioner Mr.Prakash spoke of the services of diagnosis, maternity care and a gamut of medical treatment which were being offered through all the Urban Healthcare Centres by the Greater Chennai Corporation totally free of cost for the ordinary man. The latest were the free dialysis units which are already functioning in Valluvar Kottam and Retteri along with TANKER Foundation. This new unit is in a 100 bedded hospital with state of the art equipment. They were planning to open more diagnostic centres, hospitals and dialysis units (with TANKER) this year in Injambakkam, Porur and Thiruvottriyur.