LAHORE - High blood pressure and diabetes causing increase in kidney diseases while medication through quacks major contributing factor of kidney ailments and failure among youths.

This was stated by a renowned surgeon of kidney transplantation Prorf Hafiz Shehzad Ashraf of Kidney Transplant Centre of Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) while talking to APP on Sunday.

Responding to a question about the treatment of kidney disease, he said that medication through quacks and unregistered medicines which damaging kidneys of youths should be banned by the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP).  Answering to another query about the number of kidney patients in the country, he said that over 4 million patients of kidney diseases are existing in the country. Contaminated water, continues use of pain-killer medicines and stone in kidney are the main reason of kidney diseases in the country, he added.

He said that around 40 patients of common kidney diseases per day while 25-30 patients of kidney transplantation per week visit OPDs of the kidney centre.

He said that one in every 1000 patients of kidney disease suffering from kidney failure which have only remedy in form of kidney transplantation. He said that SZH’s kidney centre providing kidney transplantation facility in just Rs 100,000 while this facility in private hospitals being provided in around Rs 2 million which  beyond the reach of the common man.

He informed that at least six kidney transplantations were performed monthly at the centre.

Advising the people to avert kidney diseases, he said that every healthy man should get his kidneys test twice a year so that early diagnose of kidney diseases could be ensured to treat the patient in early stage before the failure of the kidneys. He also urged the patients of high blood pressure and sugar to take medicines regularly to maintain blood sugar level normal so that kidney failure could be averted.