Kidney Health Is for You Too

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Ahead of world kidney day on Thursday, city doctors suggest youngsters take up one week long "NoSugarNoSalt" challenge to increase awareness among people regarding the monitoring of salt in their diet for a healthier kidney.

This year World Kidney Day is themed as "Kidney health for everyone, everywhere", dedicated to spreading awareness about one of the most vital organs in the body. In case the disease gets worse, waste starts building up in blood, making problems like high blood pressure, weak bones, a low red blood cell count (anaemia), poor nutrition and nerve damage more likely. They also conducted lectures and tutorials throughout the day at the Dewan Farooq Medical Centre, Karachi, SIUT Primary Healthcare Center, Kathore, SIUT Chhablani Medical Centre, Sukkur, and SIUT Camp at press club in Mithi, Tharparkar. More than 30 million American adults may have chronic kidney disease, an irreversible condition, but most do not know they have it. CKD or Chronic Kidney Disease is a progressive disorder where the organs fail to work to their full potential. Prof Muhammad Anees highlighted the importance of preventing kidney diseases as cost of treatment by dialysis and transplant is 40 to 50 thousand rupees per month.

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is an important risk factor for kidney disease; 40% of the people with DM will develop kidney disease.

Dr Sarfraz Sarwar, Dr Munawar Khaliq, Diabetologist Dr Sobia Naheed, Dr Fouzia Mushtaq, dietician Naila Rasheed and others spoke in the public awareness programmes.

"It's an opportunity for everyone who can not afford to come to the hospital for checks", she said.

He demanded that governments increase the allocation of budgets for education and health sectors and duly spend all the money to bring visible and effective changes in these two sectors.

It is important to keep one's weight in check and also take care of the salt intake.

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He also urged people to avoid smoking and over-the-counter pills on regular basis.

Shehnaz Ahad, of Kidney Foundation, said that diabetes was on the rise around the world and in 2000, around 5.2 million Pakistanis had diabetes.

Also, a trader, Doris Ominisan, said the free screening had provided opportunity to many people in the community who do not have financial capability to run such test.

"The Ministry of Health, health workers and others are doing a commendable job to deliver good quality medical service to our patients with kidney disease".

She said when she was diagnosed from the onset, and placed on dialysis section, the payment was moderate as compared to the GH₵ 250.00 she pays now.

"We are grateful to the Ministry of Health which is in the process of articulating a comprehensive policy for non-communicable diseases and we are looking forward to the kidney disease being a prominent part of this policy".

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