THE Nigerian Association of Nephrology has said 20 million Nigerians have kidney diseases.
It called for early detection of the diseases.
It’s President Prof. Ifeoma Ulasi, addressed reporters on Monday to herald the association’s 32nd annual general meeting (AGM) and scientific conference in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
She said the theme of the AGM: Kidney and Demographics, is meant to sensitise the public on primary prevention, due to the high cost of treating the disease.
Ulasi noted that there were multiple factors causing kidney diseases, apart from genetics.
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The expert added that the nation’s health insurance needed to be reviewed to cater for people with the disease.
“The prevalence of kidney disease is about eight to 12 per cent of the Nigerian population; it could be more. But as you may well know, many of our people don’t report to the hospital on time.
“They would have tried one or two alternative practices, like native doctors or turned to spiritual houses, to seek attention. We don’t get to see them early, but we believe it is about eight to 12 per cent.”
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