Binh Dan hospital opens nephrology and hemodialysis ward. (Photo:

HCM City (VNA) - Binh Dan Hospital, the first hospital in the country to offer dialysis, has opened a nephrology and hemodialysis ward to meet the treatment demand of patients with chronic kidney disease.

The new ward applies advanced technologies for treatment related to the kidney, particularly severe kidney disease.

The department will also co-operate with other wards in the hospital to offer comprehensive care to patients.

Under the assistance of the department, the hospital aims to perform kidney transplant operations by 2020.

As of now, there are 15 hospitals in the country that conduct kidney transplant operations. The total number of patients who have received a kidney transplant were 1,500, accounting for two to three per cent of the demand.

Professor Tran Ngoc Sinh, Chairman of HCM City's Nephro-Urological Association, said that the high need of dialysis for patients with kidney failure required that more nephrology and hemodialysis wards be opened.

Many hospitals such as Cho Ray and People's Hospital No. 115 in HCM City cannot meet the demand in the country, Sinh said.

On average, in HCM City alone, 250 new patients are diagnosed with kidney failure each year.-VNA