13 year old Jide is in pains. His legs are swollen. He feels hot and cold intermittently. Food no longer gives him pleasure. He longer enjoys the cool embrace of a lovely night sleep. His parents have exhausted all their savings in their quest to getting a cure for his aliment. They have tried many “interventions” from charlatans who promised them heaven and earth. Now they are crying for help. Jide is dying. Without help he would die. What is wrong with Jide? He has kidney failure.
Mr Ugbe is a 46 year old husband with 4 lovely children. Until 6 months ago, Mr. Ugbe was a typical Nigerian man looking to fend for himself and his family. Until he noticed that his face was swelling up. His feet also started swelling. He started losing weight and developed some rashes on his body. He first thought maybe it was “stress”. He was advised to rest by his friends and his relatives gave him some drugs they thought would help him . Rather than getting better, Mr Ugbe’s condition became worse. He is now on admission. Bedridden. Every week, his family must look for over
N150,000 ($1,000) to buy him drugs and pay hospital bills. What is problem? Mr Ugbe has kidney failure.
These two stories are representative of the struggles of many people all over the globe struggling with renal failure.
Our kidneys are bean-shaped organs located in our abdomen. They are responsible for a host of things ranging from excretion of waste products, to regulation of some bodily functions and process. Their functioning properly is essential for life.
Kidney failure, acute (i.e. of sudden occurrence), or chronic (of a more prolonged course and duration) is a condition increasingly becoming more prevalent in our community. The kidneys are said to fail when they can no longer perform their function has been so impaired that they can no longer support health and vitality. It is of grave importance that the populace be enlightened on the possible causes of this condition and things that may be done to prevent it.
Important causes of kidney failure include: High Blood Pressure, Drug misuse (self medication, concoctions, & drug abuse), Infections, and diabetes.
What can you do?
You can do the following:
Protect your kidneys! Spread the word.