producing the hormone erythropoietin, activating Vitamin D amongst others.
Another Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Dr. Chuks Obinabor, enlightened the children on some of the causes of kidney disease. He noted that some of the causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure, Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), eating processed food, eating too many foods high in sugar, drinking excessive alcohol, overuse of painkillers, untreated or poorly treated malaria, Hepatitis B, herbal concoction, constipation, trauma e.t.c.
He advised the children to ensure they desist from conditions that might put them at risk of having kidney disease.
Dr. Tochi Uchenwa, a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, pointed out some of the symptoms of kidney disease are frequent urination, urinating blood, body swellings, poor appetite, dry, itchy skin, fatigue, difficulty in sleeping amongst others.
According to Dr. Uchenwa, when a person experiences any of these symptoms, they should immediately see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Advocacy for healthy kidneys is very important and should be taken seriously. The Nephrologists advised the children to take very good care of their kidneys by drinking lots of water, and to inform their parents on the need to monitor blood pressure, weight gain and eating balanced diet, avoid smoking, avoid taking over-the-counter painkillers e.t.c.