By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN – THE President of National Association of Nephrology (NAN), Dr. Chinwuba Ijeoma has said that poverty, inadequate health facilities and lack of subsidy for medical treatment have been the main factors contributing to the increasing rate of chronic kidney disease in the country.
Dr. Chiwunba Ijoma spoke, Tuesday, in Benin City at the opening ceremony of the 23rd annual general meeting and scientific conference of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology, with the theme “Preventive Nephrology.”
He said: ”Studies have shown that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the country is about 20 percent…”
To address this problem, there is need for concerted effort on the part of all stakeholders, including the medical profession, industry, non-governmental agencies and the government.
“The cost of management of end stage kidney disease is prohibitive and tasks the economies of even the rich countries. Unfortunately in Nigeria, poverty, inadequate health facilities, lack of subsidy for medical treatment conspire to present a gloomy picture. The trust of management of kidney disease should focus on prevention.”
He also revealed that his association has embarked on the production of local guidelines relevant to our environment for the management of kidney disease in the country, just as he emphasize the importance of a reliable and accurate data on renal disease for as essential in a meaningful treatment plan.
Earlier in her welcome address, chairman, local organizing committee of the conference, Prof. Evelyn Unuigbe, said that the theme of the conference was very apt and relevant in the scenario of a global upsurge of chronic kidney disease, saying that the practice of preventive nephrology will help medical practitioners to stem the increasing wave of CKD.
She also observed that Nigerian health-care delivery system has been described as sparsely and ill equipped to deal with the increasing rate of patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Prof. Unuigbe called on participants to focus attention on the sub-themes of the conference and all other expositions from the expert discussions/research findings, as they will give opportunity for assessment of how far and how well the health sector has gone in the treatment of kidney disease.
The sub-themes includes “Kidney transplantation in Nigeria: How far? “Diabetic Nephrology” and “Chronic Renal Failure in Childhood.”
The two-day international conference attracted participants from all over Nigeria, Ghana, United States of America and other countries, with sponsorship from International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and Fresenius Medical Care, Deutschland.