A Professor of Medicine and Consultant Nephrologist, Prof Evelyn Irobere Unuigbe, of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has tasked students to desist from unhealthy habits that would be harmful to their kidneys.
She urged them to make it a priority to protect the organs.
The don made the call at the 158th inaugural lecture of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) tagged ‘He gave them for Your Purification and Good Health: Protect those Amazing Kidneys of Yours.’
Prof Unuigbe revealed that Acute Kidney Disease (AKD) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) were leading causes of death worldwide.
She said if anyone wished to live long, he or she would need to do certain things which included watching what they ate, regular exercise, reduced salt intake in food and avoiding buying unprescribed drugs across the counter.
“You should avoid using herbal drugs, watch your obesity level, do not smoke and desist from using bleaching creams,” she added.
She also urged the students to undergo “urinalysis test when next they visit a hospital to ascertain if they are having problem with your kidneys.”
She revealed that the large number of patients at the hospital made the handling of CKD difficult.
She also noted that inadequate equipment, little funding for research, lack of public awareness and poverty were among factors militating against management of CKD.
While urging government to step up effort to address the problems, she said: “It is always a pathetic situation when we see patients die of CKD at the hospital. Many of them come late because the symptoms manifest late.”
She said: “Renal transplant happens to be very expensive and dialysis beyond the funding of an average Nigerian. On the average, dialysis and the immunosuppressive drugs which the patient has to take for life can be put at N2.6 million annually.”
The professor also said that in the USA, England and Wales kidney transplants were free. She also said South Africa and the Sudanese government have made dialysis for people with kidney disease free and wondered why Nigerian government is yet to tow that path.