Kenyans urged to undertake Kidney tests

Kenyans have been urged to consider early kidney tests as a way of reducing diseases related to the organ hence safeguarding their health.

Speaking at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) during the World Kidney Day on Thursday, Nairobi County Governor, Mbuvi Sonko urged women to be more cautious since they were more vulnerable to kidney diseases compared to men due to factors, including pregnancy induced hypertension, unwanted pregnancies resulting to abortion and auto-immune disorders where the body reacts improperly, attacking and damaging itself.

According to Sonko, the devolved unit was committed to providing adequate medical facilities to help citizens to access services all the time.

The governor disclosed that Nairobi would witness its first Kidney transplant at the Mbagathi county hospital next week, thus reducing congestion at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

We have experts from India who will help us treat kidney patients and by doing so, we will reduce congestion at KNH, said Sonko.

The KNH acting CEO, Thomas Mutie said the aim of Kidney dialysis was to help reduce the kidney related diseases in the country.

He added that kidney diseases should not be considered as a deadly disease since more treatment options were now available.

The Chairman of the Kenya Renal Association, Dr. Ahmed Twahir emphasized on the need of creating more awareness thus causing a positive impact on kidney diseases globally.

This is a global awareness campaign and we ought to use it to save patients with kidney related diseases, said Twahir.

However, Ida Awour, one of the patients who underwent a kidney transplant, urged people affected with the diseases not to panic but come out and seek medication.

Awuor challenged the government to reduce the cost of drugs used by post kidney transplant patients.

Source: Kenya News Agency