Almost 2.5 lakh people die of kidney failure in India every year. It is the third largest killer after malignancy and heart disease. Millions suffer from some form of kidney disease and many of them, particularly in India cannot afford the cost of treatment or care. Around 14440 people get kidney failure every year in Tamil Nadu alone, and only 10% have access to treatment. The machine was inaugurated on 26th November 2018 at 12.30 pm by our donor Mr. K B Gopalakrishnan and Family.He also spoke at the function conveying their appreciation for TANKER and their continued support to all TANKER activities. Mrs. Latha Kumaraswami, Managing Trustee TANKER Foundation gave an update about the Foundation. TANKER was started in a small way by like minded people 25 years ago. Upto today, TANKER has provided 263,621 free and subsidized dialysis for 1340 patients, and also given financial support of Rs. 174 Lakhs to 3006 patients. At present TANKER runs 7 dialysis centres with 86 machines and helps 435 patients with the help if the CMCHIS, Rotary clubs, Greater Chennai Corporation and other valuable donors.
TANKER has conducted awareness programmes for over 1.66 Lakhs and screening camps for 29131 people.This new machine will be the 11th machine for the Vellore Unit. This machine will accommodate 6 more underprivileged people who need to have long term maintenance dialysis. We can do 600 more dialysis per year.The Rotary Club of Vellore Fort and their Members along with Rtn. Sridharan, Dist Governor Elect attended the function and conveyed their appreciation to the donors, TANKER Foundation and TANKER staff.