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