Kidney diseases reaching alarming levels in Kashmir

Kidney diseases reaching alarming levels in Kashmir
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Hypertension and diabetes patients highly vulnerable, Government dialysis facilities for emergency patients only

SRINAGAR: Kidney disorders have reached alarming levels in Kashmir, experts say, adding that patients suffering from hypertension and diabetes are more prone to kidney failure.
The increase is attributed to changing food habits, like intake high salted foods, junk foods and self medication .
The situation can be more serious if chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not diagnosed in time, they said.
Head of the Department of Nephrology at Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) Dr Ashraf Bhat told Kashmir Reader that if hypertension and diabetes is controlled in Kashmir the number of CKD patients would decrease by 70 percent.
“We have to control hypertension and diabetes, and then we can control renal failures. Kashmir has become a home of hypertension and diabetes patients. Every family has one or two hypertension patients, which means that there is a risk of kidney disorder in every family,” Dr Bhat said.
The dialysis unit at SKIMS Soura was set up in 1990 but its nephrology department is unable to cater to huge rush of patients.
“We only carry dialysis only of patients admitted in our hospital or those in emergency. We also carry dialysis of patients who have to go for transplant,” Bhat said. added
CKD is a progressive loss of kidney function over a period of time, ranging from months to years.
“CKD means that for some time your kidney has not been working the way they should. Kidneys have the important job of filtering your blood. They remove waste product and extra fluid and flush them out from your body as urine. When your kidneys don’t work right, waste builds up in body and make you sick.”
“Acute kidney injury (which used to be called acute renal failure) means that your kidneys have suddenly stopped working normally. This can cause problems that can be deadly,” he said.
There is no dedicated dialysis centre run by the government, and CKD patients have to go for dialysis at private centers.
SHMS officials said the dialysis facility at the hospital is meant for emergency patients only.
“We don’t take CKD patients because it is lifelong disease and not curable. We prioritize those patients who have acute problem or emergency cases. We treat those patients as early as possible because it’s curable. On emergency we do more than eight dialysis in SMHS every day,” a technician at the dialysis ward said.
The CKD patients spend around 20 to 25 thousand rupees every month for dialysis, besides the cost of medicines and tests.
“It would cost me 25000 every months to live and you would not believe I have sold everything for my dialysis sessions since 2011,” Ghulam Ahmad, a CKD patient said.
The management of Tahqeeq Dialysis and Diagnosis centre said that around 558 dialyses are carried out at the centre every month.