Speakers at a workshop on Thursday observed that preventing at least 68 percent of untimely death due to kidney diseases is possible by changing lifestyle through raising awareness among people from childhood.
The menace of the kidney disease have to be reduced by preventing this disease and for this there have no alternative to raising mass awareness among people not through providing only treatment to the patients.
The speakers further said the children get lessons of being habituated with sound lifestyle from early hood of their lives they will be able to enjoy a sound health and active working life for long.
They also laid due emphasize on having opportunity of tests and screening of main diseases including kidney at the Thana level primary health care centers and community clinics, saying that if the diseases are detected at early stage then it will be possible to cure simple treatment and also to prevent diseases.
“It is possible to prevent 60 to 70 percent of kidney disease through habituating people with sound lifestyle by raising awareness,” said chief consultant of department of kidney in LabAid Specialised Hospitals, Prof. Dr. MA Samad in his keynote paper.
He said worldwide the prevalence of kidney disease is very high and about two crore Bangladeshis are suffering from any sorts of kidney diseases.
“The treatment cost of this disease is so high that at least 10 percent of patients cannot afford it, as a result most of the country’s kidney patients die without treatment, whereas only the awareness can prevent nearly 50 to 60 percent of kidney failure,” he said.
Dr. Samad, who is also chairman of Kidney Awareness Monitoring and Prevention Society, a voluntary organisation, said what is needed is to be habituated with sound lifestyle from early of childhood.
He further said the children could be affected by the killing kidney disease starting from the very normal and treatable kidney disease. “There are many kind of kidney disease that starts from childhood but remain hidden and later it turns as kidney failure,” he said.
The KAMPS organised the workshop at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) to mark the World Kidney Day-2016.
Vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof. Dr. AAMS Arefin Sidique attended the meeting as chief guest while Vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Prof. Dr. Qamrul Islam inaugurated the workshop.
This year the theme of the ‘World Kidney Day’ is ‘Kidney Disease and Children: Act Early to Prevent It’.
As this year’s theme is to aware children to prevent kidney disease, so the KAMPS has arranged to train more than 500 members of Bangladesh Scouts from different schools in city so that they own can be aware as well as they can spread the message of the prevention to their fellow scout members and other students of their respective schools. – Staff Reporter