By TCD REPORTER.
The Kitui ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Renal Unit marked this year’s World Kidney Day with patients who have recovered from Acute renal failure on a brief celebrations held at Kitui County Referral Hospital.
Speaking during the event Catherine Wangui, a Nephrology Nurse underscored that this year’s theme is bridging the knowledge gap to better kidney care.
“This year’s theme aims at helping members of the community who can access kidney care to have information that help them to make better and informed judgement and good decision, while choosing the care that they need for quality care,” she emphasized.
Wangui added that statistics have confirmed that for every five male there is one with kidney disease, while for every four female there is one with kidney failure, therefore being projected to become the fifth cause of premature deaths globally by the year 2040.
Wangui added that members of the publics need to develop kidney care practice.
“Kidney care helps to prevent further invasion of kidney diseases, because Kidney failure is not instant but it reveals it’s self in stages.
There are those that can be rescued especially when detected earlier, while there are those who can be assisted to stay with their kidney condition without abbreviating it to a higher level,” she reiterated.
Kidney failure has no specific cause, but it commonly affects individuals who are diabetic and hypertension because of the destruction of blood vessels in the body. The Kitui Renal Unit receives patients across the county, but the most peculiar observation is that most of the patients especially men come from Mwingi region more than Kitui region.
One of the best way to avoid kidney failure Wangui advises members of the public is to do regular body exercise, drinking of a lot of water, avoid over the counter drugs, avoid drug and substances abuse and finally having a routine sugar and blood pressure checkups.
Photo By Martha Mutua, KCRH staff.