Abuja community residents enjoy free tests for kidney diseases

A beneficiary of the free kidney screening exercise in Abuja during screening session.

To commemorate the world hypertension day held on Thursday, the Omotayo Kidney Care Foundation held a medical outreach on Saturday at Aleyita, Airport Road, Abuja.

This gave the residents the opportunity to be sensitised on chronic kidney disease, a public health problem which reportedly affects about 15 per cent of Nigeria’s population.

Residents of the area had their blood pressure checked, had urine test for protein and glucose levels, and other relevant tests.

In an interview with the founder, Omotayo Akinremi, a Nephrology nurse, she said chronic kidney disease has now become a public health challenge. She said it incurs high financial burden on the government and the society.

Ms Akinremi said persons who are hypertensive or diabetic have high risk of kidney failure. Hence, she advised hypertensive and diabetic patient to check their kidneys at least twice a year.

A medical personnel, Akins Gbenga, declared that once someone has kidney failure, the person has to undergo the renal replacement therapy which includes haemo-dialysis and kidney transplant.

“And this treatments are of great financial burden. For dialysis, which is to be done three days in a week, the price for each is about N25,000,” he said.

The residents were advised on the best ways to care for their kidney and the entire well being. They were told to avoid being addicted to analgesic and to stop taking unprescribed medicines as some are harmful. Those that were obese were advised to shed some weight.

“Drinking of water, engaging in exercise, reducing the intake of junks and avoiding addiction to painkillers are the best ways to care for the kidneys,” the founder said.

A beneficiary, Goni Joshua, said the outreach was a sensitisation programme which the community benefited from.

“We have been advised on what to eat and not to eat. I was able to test my sugar level, blood pressure, weight and urine for protein, glucose, ketone and bilirubin among others;” Gideon Jacob, another beneficiary, said.

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