The president of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology, Dr. Adanze Asinobi, has expressed concern about the increasing number of Nigerians suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Asinobi spoke at the association’s Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday in Kano.
He said that the conference with the theme “Current concepts in the prevention and treatment of acute kidney injury” was appropriate and was aimed at reducing the burden of disease in the country.
According to her, the association’s members from all over the country met in Kano to discuss current trends in the prevention and treatment of kidney disease or injury.
He noted that managing CKD was capital intensive and out of reach for the poor and middle income, hence the need for stakeholder collaboration to reduce the burden.
“We have a huge burden of acute kidney disease and its prevalence is increasing as countries around the world cannot afford the cost of treatment,” he said.
Asinobi therefore called on the government to provide equipment in health facilities for the treatment of kidney diseases, urging corporate organizations and stakeholders to help in that direction as well.
He also advocated the inclusion of renal care in the National Health Insurance Plan to reduce the burden of treatment cost for the patient.
Other conference subtopics include the use of continuous renal replacement therapy in developing countries, chronic kidney disease of unknown origin, and pregnancy-related acute kidney injury.
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