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10 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 March, 2019 12:22:36 AM
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Govt urged to ensure ‘kidney health for all’

World Kidney Day March 14
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Speakers at a roundtable meeting yesterday (Saturday) underscored the need for planned and coordinated efforts by the public and private sector hospitals, voluntary healthcare givers and other stakeholders to ensure the right to kidney health for all. The speakers urged the authorities to frame a set of national guidelines for raising awareness and carrying out preventive measures to ensure treatment facilities for all kidney patients, irrespective of poor and rich segments of the society.

The Kidney Awareness Monitoring and Prevention Society (KAMPS), a non-profit kidney care-giving organisation, arranged the roundtable discussion at the National Press Club in the city to observe World Kidney Day, 2019 slated for March 14.

Prof. Dr Harun Or Rashid, the chairman of the Kidney Foundation, Prof. Dr Rafiqul Alam, president of the Bangladesh Renal Association, Maj. Gen. Prof. Dr HR Harun, principal of the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College and Hospital, Sharif Shahab Uddin, editor of the Daily Bangladesh Post, Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu, former captain of the Bangladesh cricket team, and Md. Nirob Hossain, film star and model, attended the discussion meeting as panel discussants. The founder and president of KAMPS, and also the chief consultant and head of the department of nephrology, BRB Hospitals Ltd, Prof. Dr MA Samad, moderated the discussion and presented a keynote paper on kidney diseases and their treatment and preventive measures.

The chairman of the Kidney Foundation and eminent professor, Dr Harun Or Rashid, noted that in the developed countries, at least 20 to 25 percent of kidney transplants are conducted from among close relatives whereas in our country a total of 100 per cent is dependent on close relatives for transplantation, which needs to be changed immediately.

Suggesting that a law be framed such that kidneys from accidentally dead and untimely dead persons can be taken to transplant to patients of failure, Prof. Harun said now only 200 to 250 transplants take place every year, but it is possible to raise the number up to 1,500 to 2,000 by taking kidneys from dead people.

The president of the Bangladesh Renal Association, Prof. Rafiqul Alam, said KAMPS has been an organisation of repute at home and abroad, running non-stop awareness raising and prevention works related to kidney diseases across the country.

He observed the government, even Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself, is positive about easing kidney treatment nowadays. The ministry has issued an order to set up a 10-bed dialysis unit in every public hospital. “Gradually, the situation will change.”

Prof. Rafiq said globally 850 million people are currently affected by kidney disease, as per data from the World Health Organization (WHO), and Bangladesh ranks 11th in terms of kidney diseases.

In his keynote speech, Prof. Dr MA Samad said kidney diseases are spreading rapidly across the country. In Bangladesh, more than 2 crore people are affected by kidney diseases in some way or the other. He said the treatment of kidney diseases is so expensive that even 10 per cent of the population cannot afford such treatment. As a result, most of them lose their lives without treatment. At least 50 to 60 per cent of cases of kidney failure can be prevented through a little awareness of this disease. All it needs is regular screening, which can detect the disease at an early stage, he said.

Placing emphasis on a sound lifestyle, Dr Samad advised all to have regular physical exercise, keep weight under control, avoid smoking and raw salt and similar other habits. Mentioning diseases like high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes as the main reasons for kidney ailments, Dr Samad urged the government to provide medicines free of cost for the diseases to indigent patients.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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