A week-long awareness camp on kidney prevention began at Tangail today, with free treatments provided to a number of kidney patients unable to bear the high cost for the non-communicable disease, said a press release.
A seminar was also held at the Tangail Press Club as part of the inauguration, where it was informed that an estimated 20 million people of the country were affected with some degree of kidney diseases, three-fourths of who could not understand their sickness at early stages.
Once noticed about a kidney problem, a patient would have little or no option for prevention but to go for expensive dialysis or transplantation, said the doctors who attended the seminar. So, it is a matter of urgency to make people aware about the symptoms of kidney diseases and motivate them for regular check up, they added.
Professor Dr MA Samad, a nephrologist, said Bangladesh has been witnessing a two-percent rise of non-communicable diseases each year but this trend could be reversed through awareness and preventive measures.
He also urged the privileged class of society to come forward and support organizations to hold kidney camps in their respective localities.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)