Kathmandu, December 25, 2016: Janata Clinic in collaboration with the Office of the Member of Parliament, Kathmandu-4 recently organized an awareness programme and general screening camp for Kidney Disease at GATE International CollegeÂ in Mahankal – 9, Mandikhatar.
In the programme, Nephrologist Dr. Rajat Kayastha from Kathmandu Model College (KMC) delivered a presentation on the Risk Factors and Prevention of Kidney Disease and highlighted the importance of regular screening. Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Gagan Thapa graced the programme as the Chief guest and encouraged the participants to perform regular screening of their health. Dr. Bhupendra Basnet, Director of Bir Hospital and Ms. Sabika Thapa were among the guest speakers.
â€œStudies show that 1 in every 10 individuals is at a risk of developing Kidney Disease – the rate of prevalence being twice as much in males as in females,â€ said Janata Clinic in a press release. â€œAmong the 225 participants who went through screening in this camp, 23 were diagnosed to have impaired kidney functioning. Annually, 10,000 new patients suffer kidney failure and this figure is alarming. It is thus important to create an awareness in this context and encourage more people to stay updated about their kidney status,â€ the release added.
The screening was performed through Dipstick test for protein and sugar contents in urine, and further tests will be carried out in the coming week for a detailed assessment of these cases and management will be initiated as per the requirement, the release further added.
Speaking as a guest speaker on the occasion, Sabika Thapa, a survivor of two kidney failures shared her experience as a patient. She also shared the hassles she and her family had to go through to have a transplant and expressed the regret of not having been aware about this at the right time, and asked the participants to take care as to retain their kidneysâ€™ health.
As per the statement by Janata Clinic, a hundred rupees worth simple Dipstick test can save one from a lifetime of suffering, hospital visits and costly management of kidney disease.