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Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

Gov Emmanuel seeks more awareness on correct diagnosis, treatment of renal disease

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has urged Nigerian Association of Nephrology (NAN) to create awareness and sensitise the public on how to get correct diagnosis and treatment of renal disease.

Emmanuel, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said this during the 34th conference of the Association in Uyo.

Our Correspondent reports that the theme of the conference is “Preventing Nephrology: Congenital Anomalies of Kidney and Urinary Tract (CAKUT).”

The Governor attributed lack of awareness on renal diseases and improper diagnosis as the reasons people die from the disease.

“The number one thing is awareness. People perish because of insufficient knowledge at their disposal,” he said.

The governor stressed that a very important component of the conference should be the creation of awareness of the dos and don’ts of the disease in a layman’s language.

“In the language that somebody on the street will understand,” so as to adopt the prescriptions and the pieces of advice that the association provides.

Such layman’s language, he stressed, will go a long way to help Akwa Ibomites and other Nigerians to escape from the disease that is associated with the malfunctioning of the kidney.

He commended the association for choosing the state for the 2022 conference and urged them to take advantage of the beautiful ambience to visit other parts of the state to see how conducive it is for investments.

In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, said that the State Government had concluded plans to set up a taskforce to get rid of adulterated drugs in the state.

Umoh commended the effort of the governor in providing medical facilities and paying attention to those who are affected with renal diseases.

He pledged that the Akwa Ibom state government and the Ministry of Health were willing to partner with Nephrologists to prevent renal diseases plaguing the masses.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Prof. Fatiu Arogundade, President of Nigerian Association of Nephrology said there was need to aggressively mount preventive measures on congenital anomalies of kidney and urinary tract as the cost of treatment was very expensive.

Arogundade said that congenital anomalies of kidney and urinary tract were another major cause of kidney disease, particularly in children.

He said that the menace of oil exploration and its impact on kidney health needs to be further explored to be able to control and manage the ailment.

“In developing countries, these treatment modalities are either unaffordable or unavailable hence inaccessible to majority of patients.

“Consequently, the only realistic strategy is prevention which will include primary, secondary and tertiary,” Arogundade said.

He added that the focus of the conference was to examine the peculiarities and challenges faced by Nephrology specialists and other personnel, who have engaged themselves in providing Nephrology care in the country.

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