Information gathered from the Renal and Dialysis Center of Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, indicates that the Central region is one of flashpoints of kidney cases in Ghana.
According to the center, there has been an alarming increment in chronic kidney disease cases over the years, although globally.
Speaking to the media, Madam Eunice De-Graft Mensah, a staff of the hospital indicated that in every month the center records at least 10 new cases of Kidney disease of varying stages.
She made this known when the hospital marked the world Kidney Day on Thursday March 9, 2023 with a free screening exercise for both men and women.
The world Kidney Day, which is commemorated globally, is aimed at raising awareness about kidney diseases and also promote activities that will ensure a health kidney.
This year’s (2023) celebration is under the theme “Kidney Health for All – Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable.”
According to Madam Eunice De-Graft Mensah, the chronic disease could develop at any age, adding that “high blood pressure and diabetes were the most common causes of the kidney diseases”.
A study conducted in central region alone indicated that every week the dialysis center records at least 3 or 4 people with hypertension and diabetes who have kidney problems.
She said early detection of kidney disease could lead to treatment options that could help one manage the health of their kidneys and reduce the risk of complications and thus urged the general public to always check their statuses with health facilities across the regions.
Nyansapow Timothy of Angel News, interviewed a patient by name Thomas Cann who has been battling the chronic disease a couple of years now.
According to him, a lot of the patients who visit to undergo the dialysis are unable to foot their medical bills due to the high cost and thus fail to seek treatment.
“We are therefore appealing government through the National Health Insurance Secretariat to support them with the scheme to ease some of the burdens we go through” he pleaded.