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The Proposed National Renal Care Policy

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    January 19, 2015 5:51 PM CET

    Kidney disease is one of the top chronic diseases driving cost and death in Nigeria. It is clearly robbing the nation of its most important resources- its PEOPLE!

    The Nigerian association of nephrology has taken bold steps in proposing a National kidney care policy to help improve the quality of care for patients suffering from such in Nigeria. A lot needs to happen for the objectives of the policy to be met in time, money and effort and government can play a significant role to accelerate this process.

    Read more about the proposed policy here.…/proposed-national-renal-ca…

    Please share this with your friends and with your local, state and federal government representatives. Let them hear your voice. Nigeria is plagued with a lot of issues at this time and this might not seem like an important one but consider the following.

    1. Majority of affected patients in Nigeria are young between the ages of 25 and 40 years of age.
    2. 70-80% of patients first see a kidney specialist when they need dialysis or transplant rather than when they have earlier stages of kidney disease that might be reversible. 
    3. Death from kidney failure in Nigeria for the majority of people is fairly high. More than 8 out of 10 patients with kidney failure are dead within 1 year of their diagnosis. 
    4. It is estimated that only 1 in 10 patients needing dialysis get it at all. 
    5. 1 or 2 out of every 10 patients admitted to a general hospital are likely to have some form of kidney disease or failure. 
    6. A years worth of dialysis and medications currently costs between 5 and 6 million naira. This does not cover events that might require hospitalization or medications or treatments for other medical issues a patient might have.


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