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500 Pinoys undergo renal transplant in 2009

Negros Occ. (11 November) -- About 500 Filipinos underwent renal transplant surgery last year to avert a worsening renal disease that has now already affected a big number of the country's population.

Assistant Program Manager for Renal Diseases Control Program (REDCOP)- National Kidney Transplant Institute Dr. Susan Jorge said they have also noted 8,000 more Filipinos who started to go through a dialysis because of acute renal malfunction.

"Renal disease is a traitor disease," she told a group of physicians attending the seminar on "Urinalysis: Maximizing the Use of a Basic Tool for Diagnosis and Prevention of Kidney Diseases," because it shows no symptoms until it reaches its worst stage, which is already irreversible.

"If you don't look for a symptom, you will not find it and the patient will eventually fall into an end-stage renal disease," she said.

During the seminar, Dr. Pablo Torre Memorial Hospital Head of Dialysis Unit, Dr. Ma. Remedios Tomas, emphasized the importance of a physician's tool in diagnosing and preventing renal disease- urinalysis.

Tomas urged municipal and city health officers to be systematic and careful in their appreciation of laboratory results so that each patient is accurately diagnosed of his or her disease and the right kind of medicine prescribed.

She said the annual rise of renal patients in the country can also be traced to the prevalence of three other diseases which are 1. Diabetes 2. Hypertension and 3. Chronic glomerulonephritis.

Jorge pointed out that diabetes and hypertension are lifestyle diseases, and therefore, preventable. Improper management of these two diseases could lead to early renal complications.

She urged everyone to stick to a simple lifestyle, follow balanced eating pattern, have regular check up, manage stress and get eight hours of good sleep everyday.

REDCOP team is going around the country at selected areas to heighten its renal education-information campaign.

"Our goal is to assist health professionals, reduce mortality and morbidity secondary to renal disease," Jorge said. (PIA-LOL) [top]

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