Saudi Ministry raises awareness on World Kidney Day

Fri, 2021-03-12 03:17

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health on Thursday joined world countries in celebrating World Kidney Day, observed on March 11 annually, with this year’s theme being “Living Well with Kidney Diseases.”

Kidney diseases are one of the main causes of death worldwide, with around 850 million people diagnosed with kidney diseases.

Chronic kidney failure causes at least 2.4 million deaths annually.

The Ministry of Health continues its efforts to raise awareness on healthy lifestyles, developing healthy habits and the early detection of kidney diseases.

The ministry recommends following healthy habits, such as practicing sports for at least 150 minutes per week, drinking enough liquids with an average of two liters a day and consuming healthy food.

The ministry also urged people to eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, reduce the consumption of salt, sugar and soda, maintain an ideal weight, check blood pressure periodically, check blood sugar levels at least once a year for nondiabetic people, and avoid smoking for its role in increasing oxidizers that are deemed harmful to kidneys, cause blockage to kidney arteries, and increase the possibility of kidney cancer.

The ministry also called for refraining from the overuse of painkillers, popular medicines, and bodybuilding protein products, urging the public to undergo an annual checkup for kidney functions, especially individuals with potential risk factors, such as blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and genetic factors, calling on kidney patients to receive the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry has offered a package of services by providing 11 areas and health clusters with kidney dialysis mobile devices through cooperation with the Health Endowment Fund, which has offered 5,168 dialysis sessions through 11 devices. The services were also offered at hospitals allocated for isolating COVID-19 patients that lacked kidney dialysis services.

The Ministry of Health in 2020 executed 2,184,000 kidney dialysis sessions through 219 kidney dialysis units.

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