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Mass awareness on kidney disease stressed ahead of WKD

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Country’s leading nephrologists today called for building mass awareness about kidney diseases ahead of tomorrow’s World Kidney Day (WKD) as more than 40,000 people are being affected by chronic kidney disease annually in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh will observe the World Kidney Day like elsewhere in the world with this year’s theme “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – from Prevention to Detection an Equitable Access to Care”.

“Detection and prevention are the main weapons to fight against the kidney diseases, so we put emphasis on creating mass awareness on it so that patients can detect their kidney problems at early stage to get themselves cure,” Professor Dr M Rafiqul Alam, President of Bangladesh Renal Association  told newsmen at a press conference at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital.

Bangladesh Renal Association (BRA), Kidney Foundation and KAMPS (Kidney Awareness Monitoring and Prevention Society)  will jointly observe the day tomorrow in a curtailed manner avoiding mass gathering due to outbreak of corona virus.

A discussion highlighting the theme of the day will be held at Shahid Dr Milon Auditorium at BSMMU at 9 am tomorrowwhile scheduled rally, flash mob, school programme and mass screening were cancelled due to the prevailing situation.

KAMPS President Professor Dr M A Samad, Kidney Foundation Secretary General Professor Dr Muhibur Rahman, BRA secretary general Associate Professor Dr KBM Hadiuzzaman, vice presidents Professor Dr Shamim Ahmed, Professor Dr M Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, BSMMU nephrology department chairman Professor Dr Asia Khanom also spoke on the occasion, among others.

The BRA president Prof Alam  praised the government’s decision of setting up 50-bed dialysis unit at every government medical college hospital and 10-bed same unit at every district hospital as many kidney patients have been died in the country annually due to high cost of treatment.

He warned the kidney patients not to undergo ‘stem-cell therapy’ for Kidney diseases as the therapy is not recognised by any country as a kidney disease treatment.

“So, on behalf of Bangladesh Renal association we would like to call upon all patients – don’t be confused by misguiding advise of some malpractice physicians about stem-cell therapy,” he said.

In Bangladesh, Prof Alam said based on different surveys, it has been found that around more than 20 million people are suffering from different kidney diseases from various causes while more than 40000 are being affected by chronic kidney disease ended up with full kidney failure.

The only treatment for end stage renal disease is either kidney transplantation or dialysis, he said adding that however, due to its high cost 80 per cent people die without treatment.

In the international context, he said it has been estimated that around 850 million people worldwide are now suffering from kidney disease from various causes, out of which Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) account for the most.

CKD causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year while AKI affects over 13 million people worldwide, of which 1.7 million people are estimated to die annually.

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