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Number of young people dying of kidney failure in Upper East Region alarming – Dr. Akatibo

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Dr. Emmanuel Akatibo, a Physician Specialist at the Upper East Regional Hospital, has raised alarm over the number of young people seeking treatment for kidney failure. Even more worrying, according to Dr. Akatibo, is the number of young people who have died as a result of complications with the kidneys. 

In a recent post shared on his Facebook page, Dr. Akatibo, unhappy about the situation, explained that something urgent must be done to reverse the situation. 

“Since I started working in the regional hospital in March 2022 as the only Physician Specialist, the department of internal medicine has recorded over 30 kidney failure cases that needed dialysis, either as a long term renal replacement therapy or a short course of dialysis to allow time for the kidneys to recover.”

Expanding on the issue raised in his post on the Day Break Upper East Show today, Wednesday, January 18, 2023, Dr. Akatibo explained that a good number of patients dealing with complications relating to the kidney are young adults. 

The Physician Specialist expressed some disquiet about the commonness of lifestyle diseases. 

“We have the BP and hypertension with us earlier than we thought and they [the patients] don’t seem to know the implication of having the disease and not paying attention to it. That is our biggest problem. We cannot take away the fact that a lot of people would develop hypertension, the BP because of the apparent change in our lifestyles. We are going to have them with us. The other important thing now is to get people to understand. People generally do not pay attention to their health. We are developing conditions that predispose us to developing kidney diseases unlike in the past when it used not to be so.”

The use of unregulated drugs, according to Dr. Akatibo, exacerbates the already existing problem.

“What is even more surprising is that when you meet people developing these kidney diseases, they do not have the hypertension and BP that we know are the common causes of kidney diseases.” Why is this so? We do not have concrete evidence, but based on the data that we have collected from institutions, we would realise that if we traced back, those were people who were taking herbal medicines that we do not know the source of or unrecommended medications,” he said.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana


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