Staff Correspondent
Kidney Awareness Monitoring and Prevention Society (KAMPS), a non-profit kidney care giving organisation, arranged a rally on Thursday to mark the ‘World Kidney Day-2019’.
Founder and President of KAMPS, also Chief Consultant and Head of Department of Nephrology, BRB Hospitals Limited, Prof. Dr. M A Samad led the rally that started from in front of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and paraded adjoining areas including TSC, Dhaka University, Farmgate, Katabon, Press Club areas.
Addressing the rally, Prof. Samad said now globally 850 million people are affected by kidney disease, as per the WHO line up Bangladesh ranks 11th position in terms of kidney disease. Only 200 to 250 transplants take place every year but it is possible to rise the number upto 1500 to 2000 through taking kidneys from dead people, he added. He urged to frame law so that kidneys from accidental death and untimely dead people can be taken to transplant to the failure patients.
He further said kidney diseases are spreading rapidly across the country. In Bangladesh more than 2 crore people are somehow affected by kidney disease. The treatment of kidney disease is so expensive and even 10 percent of people cannot afford this treatment, as a result most of them lose their lives without treatment. Whereas, at least 50 to 60 percent kidney failure can be prevented through a little bit awareness about this disease, for which it needs regular screening that can detect the disease in the early stage.
Lying emphasize on practicing sound lifestyle, Dr. Samad advised to have regular physical exercise, keeping weight under control, avoidance of smoking and raw salt etc.
“As the treatment of kidney failure is so expensive so the ministries concerned should take initiative to bring the poor patients of the said disease under government subsidy and also under the coverage of health insurance”, Dr. Samad added.