x Health Men's Health Children's Health Nutrition and Wellness Reproductive Health Health & Science Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise BULK SMS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Login ×
BTV
VAS
DCX
RMS

Expert raises red flag over kidney ailments

Health & Science - By Standard Digital | March 16th 2009 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

By Winsley Masese

More than 80,000 Kenyans suffer from kidney ailments, with 15,000 losing kidneys annually due to late diagnosis.

The Kenya Kidney and Lupus Foundation Executive Director Jean Banda said lack of diagnostic services had seen many die due to hypertension and diabetes, the chief causes of kidney failure.

"Conditions that could lead to kidney failure are often misdiagnosed and given the wrong prescriptions," she said.

Late diagnosis has subjected many to suffering, with the cost of dialysis and a kidney transplant beyond their reach.

"There are less than 20 nephrologists (kidney specialists) in the country, making treatment of the disease difficult," Mrs Banda said.

Globally, more than 50 million people suffer from chronic kidney disease and a million from renal replacement therapy.

She urged the Government to make diagnostic services available in public hospitals.

Banda, who had a kidney transplant, said: "This can drastically reduce incidents of renal ailments and eventually reduce suffering from kidney failure."

Medical insurance

The World Kidney Day is commemorated on March 8 every year.

Speaking in Kombewa in Kisumu Rural constituency, Banda regretted that the cost of dialysis was beyond the reach of many patients, leading to many deaths.

"One needs more than Sh50,000 a month for consultation, dialysis, and drugs every month. How many Kenyans can really afford this?" she asked.

Banda said Kenya should emulate South Africa and Egypt on how to manage kidney patients.

"In these countries, the governments finance the dialysis for those with kidney problems," she said.

She called on insurance companies to protect patients by charging reasonable premium.

"We agree that we are chronically ill, but they can accept a premium from us," she argued.

She decried the lack of awareness that one could lead a normal life with one kidney, if the other is donated to a loved one.

Be The First To Comment

Top Stories

My wife’s genes are killing our children
Health & Science - By Lydiah Nyawira


Covid-19 jab: Will the poor have a fair shot?
Health & Science - By Dominic Omondi


Covid-19 infections rise by 277
Health & Science - By Betty Njeru


New coronavirus variant identified in New York: researchers
Health & Science - By Reuters


Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world
Health & Science - By Reuters


Tanzania changes tune, issues covid-19 rules
Health & Science - By Jennifer Anyango


From reinfection to the risks of obesity: Top 3 Covid-19 stories of the week
Health & Science - By Sam Leakey


Law now makes it easier for Kenyans to donate body organs
Health & Science - By Gatonye Gathura


Life-saving hepatitis C drug in Kenya, but cost is high
Health & Science - By Nasibo Kabale


Latest Stories

Relief as nurses end strike
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


Covid-19 jab: Will the poor have a fair shot?
Health & Science - By Dominic Omondi


Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world
Health & Science - By Reuters


New coronavirus variant identified in New York: researchers
Health & Science - By Reuters


Covid-19 infections rise by 277
Health & Science - By Betty Njeru


FDA staff: Johnson & Johnson's one-shot Covid-19 vaccine effective, safe
Health & Science - By Reuters


Covid-19: what happens if some countries don’t vaccinate?
Health & Science - By WEF


Tanzania changes tune, issues covid-19 rules
Health & Science - By Jennifer Anyango


WHO to compensate for serious jab side effects
Health & Science - By Xinhua


Covid-19: Two dead as 280 test positive
Health & Science - By Mercy Asamba


//

Stay Ahead!

Access premium content only available
to our subscribers.

Or Login With Your Standard Account
Support independent journalism
×
Create An Account
Support independent journalism
I have an account Log in
Reset Password
Support independent journalism
Log in