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PIA Press Release
2007/09/12

Urine test in schools urged for kidney disease prevention

Iloilo City (12 September) -- The Department of Health (DOH) urged the conduct of urine examination in schools among elementary pupils as it reiterated the importance of early recognition and prevention of the causes that may lead to kidney diseases.

During the recent Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) consultative meeting with partner agencies, DOH 6 REDCOP Coordinator Dr. Maria Lourdes Hembra said that urine test is the only means to detect the presence of glomerulonephritis.

Glomerulonephritis, is a type of kidney disease caused by inflammation of the internal kidney structure that usually afflicts children, adolescents and young adults in their productive years.

Based on the statistics of the Philippine Renal Disease Registry (PRDR) of the DOH, children and young adults with latent glomerulonephritis can escape detection for months, causing the condition to progress to a chronic state.

Chronic glomerulonephritis is used to be the most common cause of End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in third world countries including the Philippines.

Hembra identified some of the symptoms of the disease that include skin disease, edema, weight loss, headache, sore throat, joint pain, and pale skin color.

Aside from Chronic Glomerulonephritis, the other kidney diseases are Diabetic Kidney Disease, Hypertensive Kidney Disease and Chronic and repeated kidney infection (Pyelonephritis). Due to inability to recognize these diseases in its early stages, these often lead to ESRD.

If diagnosed early, according to Hembra these diseases are potentially preventable in the course of illness and avoiding the need for expensive ESRD treatment such as dialysis and transplantation.

Kidney diseases were included in the DOH's list of the 10 leading causes of mortality in the region in 2006. (PIA) [top]

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