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REDCOP trains Mindanao coordinators, advocates on kidney-disease prevention

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (27 February) -- "Ngayong panahon ng krisis, bawal ang magkasakit, kaya't alagaan natin ang ating kalusugan lalo na ang kidney!"

This is what Dr. Remedios de Belen-Uriarte, Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) Head pointed out as an opening salvo of her speech during the "Training on the Prevention of Kidney Disease for Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) Coordinators of Mindanao Area" held recently in Davao City.

In her speech, Dr. Uriarte emphasized the importance of advocating kidney disease prevention.

According to Dr. Uriarte, kidney disease is the 10th cause of mortality/morbidity in the country based on the mortality statistics of the Department of Health (DOH). She also said that according to Regional reports, kidney disorder is the sixth or seventh among the ten leading causes of mortality/morbidity.

"It is alarming that as of 2007, 10.644% is the estimated incidence rate of end –stage renal disease (ESRD) in the country… And this is the same number of patient who will undergo renal transplantation", she said.

Dr. Uriarte also said that from 2002 to 2007, new patients who underwent dialysis increased by ten percent per year.

She also stressed that almost 3,000 patients out of 7,000 have diabetes mellitus. "And diabetes may cause renal/kidney disease", Uriarte said.

It was learned that in 2007, 1,046 patients underwent kidney transplant where the cost of renal replacement therapy is Php2,500 to 3,000 per session for dialysis while kidney transplant costs Php500,000 to 1 million pesos excluding of expenses for laboratory and medicines.

"Aside of being so expensive considering that the patient has enough money to pay for his hospital and laboratory bills, renal disease must be prevented because there is a shortage of organ donor", Dr. Uriarte said.

The two-day training-workshop aimed to develop key resource persons such as doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and other personnel on the prevention of kidney disease who will serve as trainers in the succeeding training activities. (PIA-13) [top]

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