World kidney day focuses children523 views
KARACHI: The World Kidney Day 2016 is being marked today (Thursday) with the special focus on children. The theme of 2016 is, `Kidney Disease in children: Act early to Prevent.’
It is the 11th World Kidney Day and this is the first time that kidney diseases in children are addressed exclusively.
According to the experts, the main reason is that many of the diseases in adults have their roots in childhood and that it is very important to recognize such diseases and early intervention may prevent grave consequences in future.
Prof Ali Asghar Lanewala, In charge Paediatric Nephrology Department of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), was of the view that in the absence of national census and central Registry of kidney diseases, accurate statistics of specific diseases cannot be given.
He said that it is estimated that about 33.3% of the population of Pakistan is below 14 years of age and 50% is less than 23 years old.
Globally, it is estimated that about 10% of the population suffers from some kind of kidney disease.
Prof Ali further stated that the kidney disease is on the rise and it is estimated that in next decade this number may increase to about 18%.
With the increasing prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus in Pakistan the burden of kidney disease is also expected to rise. Currently a rough estimate is that about one third of our patients requiring dialysis are due to diabetes. – APP