World Kidney Day observes, 20m people kidney patient in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: To mark ‘world kidney day,’ an awareness walk was held on Thursday in Rehman Medical Institute (RMI) Peshawar.  The 2019 theme is “Kidney health for everyone everywhere”, aiming to highlight the growing burden of kidney disease and kidney health disparity and inequity worldwide

The walk was aimed to raise awareness about kidney health and how to reduce risks of kidney diseases. RMI Consultant Transplant Dr Taqi Toufeeq Khan led the walk which was also participated by doctors, medical students and staff in large number.

Later on, talking to media, Dr Taqi Khan and others said that blood pressure and diabetes are the major causes of kidney diseases and high blood pressure can also lead to kidney failure. They stressed upon the people for a regular medical checkup at least once a year to know they have no problem of high blood Pressure and sugar.

They said that kidney diseases are curable and patients can be recovered with early diagnosis and proper treatment. They said dialysis is a painful process, therefore, we must care about the health of our kidneys. Dr Taqi was of the view that kidney diseases can be inherited to offspring. He stressed for use of adequate clean drinking water on a daily basis and said that women particularly pregnant women must be careful of their health to avoid kidney diseases.

World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. According to the World Health Organisation, there are 850 million people worldwide estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. Chronic kidney disease causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year and is now the 6th fastest growing cause of death. While in Pakistan there are about 20 million kidney patients