The frequency of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasing, but it is not being adequately detected in the country, according to Dr. Thomson Nduka, a public health expert.
Dr. Nduka disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja, he said over 90 percent of Nigerians who had CKD did not know until the disease advanced.
They identified hypertension, diabetes and chronic infections such as hepatitis B and C, and Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), sickle cell anaemia, painkillers, and bleaching creams as major causes of Chronic Kidney Disease in Nigeria (CKD).
The good news is that the earlier you find out you have kidney disease, the sooner you can take steps to protect your kidneys from further damage.
The medical expert said, “before you have symptoms gives you the opportunity to make changes to help keep your kidneys healthier for longer.
“Even if you have symptoms, you can take steps to slow the disease.
“Your doctor can use your test results to work with you to develop a kidney care plan. Having a plan may reduce your risk for serious health problems, like heart attack and stroke, and give you more healthy moments,” he said.
Nduka added high blood glucose levels can cause your kidneys to work harder, increasing the risk of chronic kidney disease. If you have type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor about regular kidney screenings, the key to early detection and treatment.
Thursday, March 9, 2023, is World Kidney Day (WKD) and the theme for this year is: “Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable”.
“It seeks to educate people on the impact of disastrous events on people with kidney disease as it affects their access to healthcare services.”