Expert laments high cost of treating kidney disease
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.”