MUZAFARABAD: Azad Jammu Kashmir Medical College has celebrated World Kidney Health Awareness Day in collaboration with Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan/Combined Military Hospital and Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences Muzaffarabad, here on Thursday.
According to details, AJK Chief Secertary Dr. Usman Chachar was Chief Guest at the Seminar that was organized by Commandant Brigadier Zahid Hussain and led by Dr. Farooq Ahmed along with the entire team.
While addressing the event, the Chief Secretary appreciated the seminar while advising masses to keep blood pressure, sugar under control and get information about each medicine before taking it so that the effect of the medicine does not cause adverse effects on the kidneys.
Dr. Farooq Ahmed said that 843 million people that is about 8.7% to 10.5% of the world population were currently suffering from various kidney diseases Globally. He said nearly one trillion dollars are spent annually in the care of this disease. According to an estimate, he said, about thirteen million people died of this disease in 2019 and it is the tenth leading cause of death.
Thursday is being celebrated under the title of “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere” the purpose of celebrating World Kidney Day was to create awareness about kidney diseases and their protection.
Dr. Farooq Ahmed said that kidney disease patients all over the world depend on dialysis and kidney transplantation, and in Pakistan over 70 million people are suffering from kidney diseases, including chronic kidney disease.
Prof. Mulazim Hussain Bukhari welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries and said that there were many causes of kidney failure, including diabetes, high blood pressure, diseases related to heart and blood vessels, hereditary kidney disease and obesity.
Professor Khalid Awan said that kidney disease was also increasing in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and urged government to pay attention to it.
Dr. Masood Bukhari, Executive Director of AIIMS presided over the Seminar along with Dr. Bushra Shams and Dr. Gul. He said the main function of the kidneys was to clean the blood in the human body.
He said about 1500 liters of blood pass through the kidneys every day during 24 hours for cleaning. Kidney disease affects the entire system, which affects other organs and systems of the body, kidney diseases are more common in women than in men.
It was mentioned in the seminar that the kidneys were the pair of organs that are located in the back. Each of these kidneys is located on one side of the spine. They work to clean your blood and remove toxins from the body. The kidneys filter toxins from the blood and send them to the bladder, where they are excreted in the urine. Kidney failure means the kidneys lose their ability to filter impurities and toxins from their blood.
Anyone with kidney failure often has a few symptoms, the participants were told if any of the following symptoms appear, consult a doctor, i.e. decreased urine output; swelling of the legs, ankles and feet; shortness of breath; excessive sleepiness or fatigue; persistent nausea.
In the seminar, Dr. Major Sudra, Dr. Manza, Dr. Rubina Rafiq, Dr. Maryam Zubair and Col. Mubasher Shah also read their papers. Dr. Bashir Taranbu said that such programs should be continued so that people get awareness about diseases.