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2007/09/12

DOH urges LGUs to support renal disease control program

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (12 September) -- The Department of Health (DOH) urged local government units in Region 6 to support Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) during the consultative meeting held recently at Regional Office 6.

Dr. Maria Lourdes D. Hembra, Regional REDCOP Coordinator emphasized the need for children to undergo urinalysis upon enrolment for early detection and treatment of possible kidney problem. Support of chief executives in provinces, cities and towns are vital particularly providing budget for laboratory /urinalysis of children. Increased budget for provincial and municipal health offices will also help in the treatment of children with renal disease, she added.

Kidney diseases rank number 10 killer in the Philippines causing death to about 7,000 Filipinos every year. However, kidney diseases can be prevented with early detection through urinalysis. Kidney diseases include diabetic kidney disease, chronic glomerulomephritis, hypertensive kidney disease and chronic and repeated kidney infection. These often lead to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) due to inability to recognize in early stages.

Kidney diseases show no outward manifestations or clinical signs or symptoms. The person would look or feel normal but when the urine is examined, it will reveal abnormal findings. The only means to detect the presence of such kidney problems is through routine urinalysis.

The source emphasized that these diseases are potentially preventable if diagnosed early in the course of illness avoiding the need for expensive ESRD treatment such as dialysis and transplantation.

Hembra further said that we should maintain healthy lifestyle such as regular exercise, drinking plenty of water, have a healthy diet and among others avoid smoking that will prevent not only kidney problems but also other diseases. (PIA) [top]

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