Chronic kidney disease hits 400,000 people in Niger
. IBB Hospital offers free service
By Ummi Ismaeel,
No fewer than 400,000 people across Niger State are suffering from chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injuries which may be requiring surgery or transplant for them to live normally.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) Specialist Hospital, Minna, Dr. Umar Isa, disclosed this during the flag-off of free medical check-up and screening to commemorate the 2017 World Kidney Day.
He also disclosed that 10 per cent of the 400, 000 victims were likely to have severe kidney disease and would be requiring surgery or transplant, while lamenting that such cases were rising daily.
“The rate of daily rise in kidney-related ailments is becoming so alarming to the extent that the state government had to set up a kidney dialysis centre at the IBB Specialist Hospital to save lives of sufferers”, Umar said.
The chief medical director spoke during the flag-off of the weeklong event with the theme: “Kidney Disease and Obesity”, which held at the Chanchaga Primary School in Niger State.
He said that the state government was trying to bring the situation under control.
Since inauguration, the kidney dialysis centre has had more than 3,000 dialysis sessions and prepared no fewer than seven people for kidney transplant, which were successful, the CMD further hinted.
Niger State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril, represented by the Director of Public Health, Dr. Mohammed Usman, said that the state government has established a state non-communicable disease programme which addresses issues concerning kidney disease.
To bring the situation under control, the commissioner expressed preparedness of the state government to intensify the education and awareness campaign on the risks of obesity and the need to imbibe a healthy lifestyle to help in preventing obesity and kidney-related disease.
About 300 people that benefited from screening were however advised by the Medical professionals on the need to eat and live healthy as the screening included; checking of blood pressure, blood glucose, weight and urinalysis.