Ex­pert laments high cost of treat­ing kid­ney disease

The Punch - - NEWS - Dayo Ojerinde

ACon­sul­tant Nephrol­o­gist at the la­gos State Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine, Prof olug­benga Awobusuyi, has said that many peo­ple af­flicted with kid­ney-re­lated dis­eases die be­cause they are un­able to raise funds for dial­y­sis and kid­ney trans­plant.

Awobusuyi, at a fundrais­ing event or­gan­ised by St. Remmy Foun­da­tion Kid­ney Care Trust Fund, noted that de­vel­oped coun­tries spend more than two to three per cent of their an­nual health care bud­get on the treat­ment of end-stage kid­ney disease.

“Pre­ma­ture deaths can in­flict the fam­i­lies of these pa­tients with sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic losses. The cost of man­ag­ing such dis­eases are also high. Treat­ing end-stage re­nal disease with dial­y­sis or trans­plant of­ten leads to cat­a­strophic spend­ing, which robs wage earn­ers of the abil­ity to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies.

“Aban­don­ing the pa­tients and their fam­i­lies will not pro­duce the gains in their health sta­tus. Hence, there is a need for joint in­ter­ven­tion to re­duce the men­ace of this killer disease,” Awobusuyi said.

The nephrol­o­gist urged stake­hold­ers in the health sec­tor to de­velop strate­gic ap­proaches that would gen­er­ate funds for the care of pa­tients with kid­ney disease.

The Co­or­di­na­tor of the foun­da­tion, Mr obetta Remigius, noted that kid­ney dis­eases had be­come a se­ri­ous problem to hu­man­ity. Global records, he stressed, show that one in ev­ery 10 per­sons has one form of kid­ney disease or an­other.

Remigius also said the so­cio-eco­nomi­cic con­se­quences of kid­ney-re­lated dis­eases are unimag­in­able. Call­ing for dras­tic and col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­tions to cur­tail the disease, he said, “Sub­stan­tial ac­tion should be taken by each state to re­duce poverty, in­crease eq­uity, im­prove nu­tri­tion, ad­vance ed­u­ca­tion, and de­velop health ser­vices and hu­man re­sources. It is of the essence to know that this project is all about hu­man­ity, which we are part of. se­quel to this, I humbly re­quest that we make what­ever con­tri­bu­tions we can to­wards this cam­paign to save lives.”

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