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Kidney disease prevention campaign intensified

Dumaguete City (16 January) -- With the continued increase of incidence rate of end stage renal disease in the country, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) has strengthened its advocacy campaign on the prevention of kidney diseases with the assistance of radio broadcasters.

More than 40 private and government radio broadcasters including the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) from different parts of country were oriented on the use of a broadcasters' manual for kidney disease prevention by the NKTI last week in Davao City.

The manual, presented in simple and easy-to-understand in Tagalog language, made it easier for radio anchormen to relay information about the kidney, its functions and the possible health problems that may arise if prevention measures were not observed.

Piloted in four regions Ilocos, National Capital Region, Central Visayas, and Davao, the campaign aims to raise the people's awareness on the important role of the organ as well as measures to keep away from diseases that include the dreaded end stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure where the two kidneys have totally malfunctioned.

According to Dr. Remedios de Belen-Uriarte, NKTI- REDCOP program manager said kidney disease situation is quite alarming as at least one Filipino per hour is entering an End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

In Negros Oriental, the kidney ailment rank as the number 6th killer disease over the Philippine's record as the 10th leading case of death. This was cited early last year by the Center for Health Development in region 7.

Dr. Uriarte warned, this kidney disease is asymptomatic, meaning people who have it in the early stage don't feel something wrong with their system, though kidney ailment can be detected when the color of the urine is "blackish or brownish."

She said patients with ESRD can be treated only by dialysis and transplantation, which are very costly.

Dialysis, usually done three times a week, alone costs around P3,000- P5,000 per session, while transplantation reportedly ranges from P500,000 to P1 million excluding expenses for laboratory and medicines

With this, the NKTI has focused its efforts in the prevention of renal diseases through educational and massive information campaign. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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