Amid worrying statistics that around 36 million Nigerians suffer from kidney disease, a nephrologist has urged Nigerians to stop taking herbal medicines and over-the-counter painkillers, saying they can lead to kidney failure.
Professor of Medicine, Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, College of Medicine, Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Oluwatoyin Amira who disclosed this, during an awareness campaign on World Kidney Day organized by LUTH in partnership with pharmaceutical companies, said herbal medicine, analgesic drugs, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, protein in urine are some of the major risk factors for kidney disease in Nigeria.
Amira told LEADERSHIP Weekend that treating kidney disease is very expensive, hence the need to prevent it at all costs.
She said a dialysis session costs between 27,000 and 40,000 naira, adding that a kidney patient needs dialysis three times a week.
On the other hand, kidney transplant, which is the best option, costs between 10 and 12 million naira, Amira said, adding that prevention is the way to go as not all Nigerians can afford it.
She said the prevalence rate of kidney disease in the community is between 10% and 18%, adding that with a population of over 200 million, around 36 million Nigerians suffer from some form of the disease. kidney or the other.
On the theme: “Bridging the knowledge gap”, the nephrologist said that World Kidney Day is reserved for raising awareness of the disease, adding that kidney disease can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle, healthy diet , drink plenty of water, avoid fatty foods, be physically active. , avoid herbal medicines, avoid painkillers, and get a routine medical checkup, at least once a year.
For those with high blood pressure and diabetes, she urged them to take their treatments seriously, to avoid kidney disease.
Amira said kidney disease can be detected early with urine and blood tests. “Early kidney damage can be detected by a urine test. If we start treatment early, the patient can lead a normal life without kidney failure,” she added.