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World kidney Day: Renal unit raises awareness

 World kidney Day: Renal unit raises awareness
The Nephrology department of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) joins the rest of the world to mark world kidney day. The day which is observed annually on the 2nd Thursday in the month of March is aimed at creating awareness about kidney related diseases and its attendant consequences.
Consultant Nephrologist and Professor of Medicine,Prof Pedro Emem-Chioma, says the kidney is an important part of the human body system, as it is responsible for the excretion of body waste, maintaining appropriate body water, producing vitamin D for strong bones amongst others.
For Prof.Emen-Chioma, due to the growing number of people coming down with the disease there is a need to create awareness about the risk factors associated with kidney disease such as hypertension,diabetics, obesity and harmful lifestyle practice.
The theme ” kidney Health for all: Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable!” Looks at the care of kidney and
the significant impact of disastrous events, be they local (earthquake, floods, war, extreme weather) or global (the COVID-19 pandemic), affects the functioning and living conditions of the community as a whole, resulting to one or more of the following consequences: human, material, economic and environmental losses and impacts.Those affected by chronic disease, of which kidney patients represent more than 850 million people worldwide, are particularly affected by these disruptions, as the ability to access proper diagnostic services, treatments and care is greatly jeopardized.
Also speaking is the Head of Renel unit of the department of Medicine, Dr Manda David-West, who states the signs and
symptoms of chronic kidney disease, says the disease develop over time as kidney damage progresses slowly. Loss of kidney function can cause a buildup of fluid or body waste or electrolyte problems. Depending on how severe it is, loss of kidney function can cause:
Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue and weakness, sleep problems and urinating more or less
Dr. Manda David-West used the opportunity to advise residents to embrace the speciality of doctors (Nephrologist) available at the Renal/Dialysis center in UPTH, and encouraged continued medical checkup as early detection is key in the treatment and management of kidney diseases.
This year as part of activities to raise awareness and intervene as much as possible, the Renal unit (Doctors, Nurses and other health workers) did Media rounds (briefing), sensitization/health education in public parks, school health checks and screening.

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