To mark World Kidney Day, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences under the Department of Urology and Nephrology on Thursday organized a seminar and rally titled “Elimination of Ignorance for Better Kidney Protection”.

LUMHS Vice Chancellor Prof. Ikramuddin while addressing the seminar said that the major cause of kidney disease is diabetes, blood pressure, war food and cooling. “I am proud of our urology team of doctors who were using the best technology day and night to serve the patients,” he said.

Addressing the seminar, GOC Hyderabad Major General Dilawar Khan said; “We are going through an interesting journey. Pakistan Army is working closely with hospitals on various diseases. There are many challenges in every path. But we are learning to overcome those challenges.

Speaking on the occasion, the LUMHS Department of Urology Chairman Dr. Javed Altaf said a majority of the people use medicines for headaches which give temporary relief, but in the future, self-medication and harm the health of patients. All the organs of the body are assigned some or the other function but we do not understand their importance and neglect our daily routine, the consequences of which we may have to suffer at any age, especially after 40 years. Some organs of the body perform vital functions, including the kidneys.

Currently, about 850 million people worldwide suffer from various kidney diseases while one out of every 10 people suffers from kidney disease. It is said to be the fifth leading cause of medical death worldwide by 2040.

More than 17 million people in Pakistan suffer from kidney disease, most notably kidney stones. There are many causes of kidney failure, including diabetes, hypertension, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, hereditary kidney disease and obesity.

When it comes to early prevention it is important to keep yourself fit and active which is why exercise is so important. In addition, the risk of coronary heart disease can be reduced by keeping blood pressure in balance. At the same time, it is important to control blood sugar levels.

Half of all kidney patients suffer from diabetes and diabetes. To keep your kidneys healthy, reduce the amount of salt in your daily diet such as eat 5 to 6 grams of salt throughout the day. Give preference to homemade foods instead of eating out especially junk foods as gaining weight can also lead to kidney failure. Quit smoking and make sure to drink as much water as possible. Drink enough water to make your urine look like water.

He said that you should also take tests like Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Urine DR and Ultrasound after some time and consult a doctor.

On this occasion Prof. Muzaffar Sheikh, Prof. Sajida Yousafani, Dr. Mubashir Ali Kolachi, Station Commander Brigadier Zulfiqar Bajwa and Qamar Zaman Memon were present, Dr. Puran Kumar thanked the guests.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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