Women more prone of chronic kidney disease

KARACHI: Indus Hospital, Sheikh Saeed Memorial Campus celebrated World Kidney Day on Thursday with this year’s theme is ‘Kidneys and women’s health – include, value and empower.’

The experts stressed that kidneys are vital organs and women should take care of their kidneys. The event involved public awareness, educational and screening activities.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects 10 per cent of the adult population worldwide. It is one of the top 20 causes of deaths in the world. It affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and it is currently the 8th leading cause of women’s death.

It causes approximately 600,000 deaths every year. Women have a higher risk of developing CKD than men. This year, medical practitioners are focusing on pregnancy-related renal diseases; urinary tract infections; connective tissue diseases; especially systemic lupus erythematous.

During the event, Nephrologists explained that pregnancy could be a major cause of acute kidney diseases in women of childbearing age. Nutritionists informed that almost half of the people who have diabetes develop kidney diseases, therefore, diabetic patients should have regular tests to check their kidney functions. They also advised that patients should reduce their salt intake and limit the amount of processed food.

Health professionals conducted free screening for kidney diseases. Patient were assessed for BP and BMI. During the screening participants were asked questions and offered tests to check whether they already have kidney disease or they are at risk of developing it.

Doctors also provided educational information about kidney disease and distributed informative flyers. Experts who participated in the event included: Dr Ashar Alam, Senior Consultant Nephrologists and Medical Director TIH; Dr Farah Bari, Senior manager Administration, Sheikh Saeed Memorial Campus; Dr Shoukat Memon, Consultant Nephrologist; Dr Khizra Anwar, Consultant Gynecologist;Dr Fahad Naseem Khan, Senior Registrar Nephrology; Dr Aisha Wali, Consultant Gynaecologist; Dr Haseena, Senior Resident; Salma Siddiqui, Senior Clinical Nutritionist; and Bushra, Dietician.

Sheikh Saeed Memorial Campus is a full-service gynaecology and obstetrics facility. The facility was constructed by the Sheikh Saeed Memorial Trust and its management was handed over to The Indus Hospital in 2015. The Indus Hospital provides inpatient services to acute and chronic kidney diseases patients; outpatient services; and dialysis service.

Approximately 100 patients benefit from the OPD service. Dialysis patients are served at TIH’s Korangi Campus and Al-Fakir Trust Campus, PIB Colony. Korangi Campus has 15 dialysis machines while Al-Fakir Trust Campus has 20 dialysis machines. Currently, there are 130 registered patients and around 400 dialysis treatments are weekly done.

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