Pupils screened for kidney diseases
AUTHORITIES tested and screened Grade 4 to 7 pupils at Nkagisang Primary School, near Jacaranda in Klerksdorp for kidney diseases as part of efforts to fight lifestyle diseases.
The procedures were done by the renal unit at Tshepong/Klerksdorp Hospital.
Early detection of kidney failure is seen as one key element in winning the war against lifestyle diseases.
The transplant coordinator at the hospital, Fifi Xukwane said: “Early detection and management of kidney disease in childhood is vital as this is one of the priorities of the World Health Organisation to reduce mortality, resulting from non-communicable diseases and focuses on changing lifestyles including effective interventions of blood pressure control, blood sugar and cholesterol control.”
Kidney failure, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disorders are some of the lifestyle diseases afflicting society at present. “Kidneys play an important role in the body. They control water levels and eliminate wastes helping to regulates blood pressure. They also assist in production of red cells, control the levels of calcium and other minerals,” Xukwane said.
He said renal failure comes about when kidneys slow down or stop their ability to clean waste from people’s bodies.
“The failure can be acute or chronic. Acute kidney failure may be caused by bacterial infection, injury to kidneys either by motor vehicle accident or a fall from heights, shock due to decreased blood volume as a result of dehydration and excessive bleeding, poison or drug overdose.
“Treatment of acute kidney failure includes timeously correcting the above problems that have led to acute kidney failure, with, in some cases, temporary dialysis,” Xukwane said.
On the other hand, chronic kidney failure, Xukwane said, was the deterioration of kidney failure over time in kids and teens.
Pupils pledged to take an active interest in their health.