Dr Timothy Oguegbe, Consultant Nephrology, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa, has called for adequate prevention and early treatment of kidney diseases in Nigeria.
Kidney disease in medical circle means that the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood like they should
Oguegbe made the appeal against the backdrop of the World Kidney Day.
He spoke during a free medical check-up and treatment offered by FMC Yenagoa on Thursday. The theme of the event is: “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”.
Newsmen gathered that March 14 is set aside every year to celebrate the World Kidney Day.
Oguegbe advised the general public to go for an early check-up of the disease and treatment because the country does not have a facility for transplant.
“In collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other Non-Governmental Organisations, we are targeting people with kidney diseases, to reach out to them.
“We are also advocating for early prevention and for the people to know their kidney health. So, if people who are affected can start treatment on time.
“People with chronic kidney diseases need to start taking care of themselves for it not to progress.
“In other aspects, they will need kidney transplant; in our environment, we must know the challenges we face, which is the unavailability of equipment,” he said.
He said once a kidney fails, it needs dialysis to correct them early enough before it goes high.
The consultant urged governments to make universal health coverage possible for all, in the rural and urban areas, advising all to avoid unclean water and taking of tobacco.
He said over a hundred people had so far been checked and treated in various ways and some are required to visit the hospitals for early treatment.
A beneficiary, Mr Opuene George, a staff of FMC, urged the government to ensure that healthcare delivery was available for all citizens.
George commended the centre for the free medical service and urged for its sustenance. (NAN)