Dr. Charlotte Osafo, Head of Kidney Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, says 10 per cent of medical admissions at the Kidney clinic of the Hospital die from kidney failure.
She said out of 2000 patients that visited the clinic annually, only one per cent could afford dialysis treatment due to its expensive nature; and that a kidney patient has to spend not less than GHc1000 a week on dialysis.
“Though kidney infection can be cured through kidney transplant but unless a relative or a donor donates one to a Kidney patient”, she noted.
She, therefore, entreated the general public to visit a health facility at least once every year for a medical check-up for early detection so that appropriate intervention mechanism could be provided to avert a worse case scenario.
Dr. Osafo said this during a kidney screening for the staff of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in Takoradi on Thursday which coincided with the International Kidney Day celebration.
The event was organized by the GRA and the National Kidney Foundation in collaboration with the Ghana Kidney Association and the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
It was also aimed at educating the general public about the kidney diseases and other related infections so that people would seek early treatment.
Dr. Osafo, a kidney Specialist, warned the general public to desist from self-medication, too much painkillers, alcohol, consumption of herbal concoctions as well as too much salt intake.
She also entreated persons with blood pressure, HIV, diabetes to abide strictly by medical treatment regime since such diseases are recipe for one getting Kidney problems.
Touching on the symptoms of kidney infections, Dr. Osafo indicated that an affected kidney person might pass a lot of urine at night, sweat profusely, vomiting, tiredness, blood in the faeces and experience swollen feet.
In all, about 300 people were screened.