AT ANY given time there are a minimum of 2,500 patients undergoing dialysis every month in Pune and a majority avail services in the private hospitals where the cost ranges from Rs 1,000 upwards for one cycle of the treatment. At least five to six new patients get added every month, says Dr S M Ambike, senior nephrologist at Jehangir hospital adding that the budgetary announcement of a national dialysis scheme and waiving customs duty on dialysis equipment could have come much earlier. “However, better late than never,” he said. Looking at the rising number of cases of renal disease and lack of affordable dialysis centre, the finance minister announced that the government will start a dialysis programme. Dr Abhay Huprikar, secretary of Pune Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee said that as many as 100-120 kidney transplants take place every year in Pune. Due to the rising number of cases of renal disease, at least 30-40 dialysis centres have come up in the city.