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Functions to mark World Kidney Day

THE MESSAGE of ?don?t suffer due to carelessness? would be conveyed to the public through various activities conducted by Kidney Disease Awareness group on World Kidney Day on March 9.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 00:34 IST

THE MESSAGE of ‘don’t suffer due to carelessness’ would be conveyed to the public through various activities conducted by Kidney Disease Awareness group on World Kidney Day on March 9.

Addressing a press conference at a City hotel today, Group members nephrologist Dr Rajesh Bharani and urologist Dr Pankaj Maheshwari said that the proverb ‘prevention is better than cure’ is the right option for any health related problem.

The fast changing social conditions have adversely affected the quality of life and people have become more susceptible to ailments like blood pressure and diabetes.

Out of all the cases referred for treatment 10 percent pertained to renal problems and though on account of treatment becoming more sophisticated the mortality rate had come down they still weighed heavily in terms of morbidity.

World Kidney Day would be marked by the release of a book ‘Introduction to Kidneys’ authored by both the doctors. Mahatma Gandhi Medical College (MGM) Dean Dr VK Saini and Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr Arun Agarwal would release the book in the august presence of Rashtra Sant Bhaiyyu Maharaj AKA Udai Singh Deshmukh.

About 2,000 copies of the book priced at Rs 60-Rs 70 would be distributed free of cost on this day. Two talks would also be held in the evening. Queries posted to the email id kidneyseparichay.yahoo.co.in would be answered within 24 hours.

A help line and website would be started soon. Addressing another press conference today, kidney specialist Dr Naresh Pahwa said that according to the reputed Medical Journal Kidney International the disease was growing at a rate of 10 percent in the world.

As per the findings of a recent survey, out of every 10 lakh Indians 7,852 are suffering from one or the other kind of renal ailment.

Kidneys could be damaged due to acute renal failure caused from dehydration or reaction from medicines or through chronic kidney diseases stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, stones, prostrate enlargement ad other hereditary diseases.
Dialysis and kidney transplantation are the only effective answers to this disease and with each incurring a monthly
expenditure of about Rs 8,000 is beyond the reach of many people, he said.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 00:34 IST