By Cynthia Ochei
The Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) Oghara has joined the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s World Kidney Day, with the theme ‘Kidney Health For Everyone, Everywhere’ and slogan ‘Join us! Drink For Life’.
The celebration featured a sensitization walk by some of the staff in the Department of Internal Medicine to enlighten the general public on ways to keep their kidney healthy. This walk took the staff from the hospital premises to Ogharaefe Market and into the other communities.
The Head of the Department (HOD) of Internal Medicine and Consultant Nephrologist DELSUTH, Dr Ogochukwu Alice Okoye, said that the World Kidney Day was observed second Thursday of every year in the month of March globally.
According to her, “This day is always marked to create awareness to the public about kidney disease and basically prevention and theme for this year’s world kidney day is kidney health for everyone everywhere.”
She said that kidney disease was one of the reasons patients were admitted into the Department of Internal Medicine and that the cost of treatment was very expensive, saying an average N80,000 weekly and those not financially capable cannot afford it.
The HOD stated that DELSUTH, in celebrating this year’s World Kidney Day decided to go to the communities to enlighten them on the best way to prevent the disease and protect their kidneys for long.
Dr Okoye listed some of the causes of kidney disease to incluse bleaching of the skin, taking drugs without prescription, drinking inadequate water, taking slimming concussions’ and herbal mixture, taking too much non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and holding urine for too long.
Others according her include other health issues like hypertension, diabetes, chronic coronary nephritis, large prostrate and HIV.
“Kidney can tolerate a lot of things and that there are no mild symptoms of kidney disease. Prevention is key and we also need to remember those who are down with the disease” Dr Okoye said appealling to the government to subsidize the cost of dialysis for kidney patients at least for indigenes of the state, stressing that it would go a long to make patients survive.