The 200-bed Dr YSR kidney research centre has opened at Palasa in Srikakulam district, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Costing Rs850m ($10.2m), the facility was inaugurated by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

It will provide free treatment to chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients in the Uddanam region, where approximately 21% of the population is grappling with kidney ailments, according to a report by the The Times of India (ToI) .

The dedicated kidney research centre is part of the Rs7.85bn YSR Sujaladhara Project.

Kidney diseases have claimed the lives of over 15,000 people in the past 20 years, the publication further stated.

ToI also said that nearly 112 villages in Srikakulam have been found to be at risk of kidney ailments. Several of the residents of these villages have been detected with blood creatinine level of more than 25mg/dl, which is significantly higher than the normal level of 1.2mg/dl.

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As per Deccan Chronicle, the hospital spans four floors across three blocks.

It houses various departments such as casualty, radiology, pathology, microbiology, biochemistry labs, nephrology, urology, general medicine, surgery, dialysis, post-operative/ICU, and research facilities.

Besides, the facility has ICU facilities and advanced diagnostic tools including CT Scan, 2D echo, high-end color Doppler, mobile X-ray (Digital), and Thulium Laser Euro Dynamic Mission.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will conduct research work here, supported by 41 super-specialists, noted ToI.

Earlier this year, the Pulsus Vijaya Multi-Speciality Hospital and Research Center, entailing an investment of Rs500m ($6.06m), launched in Srikakulam.

The facility has a bed capacity of 100 and provides cardiology, neurology, and oncology services, among others, reported Business Standard.

Meanwhile, in the city of Hyderabad in the neighbouring state of Telangana, Sankara Eye Foundation launched an eye hospital. The facility will offer free eye surgeries to poor people across eight districts of the state.