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Worry over increase in youth kidney failure

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

KIDNEY Foundaton of Fiji chairman Dewan Chand Maharaj has expressed concern with what he says is the high number of young people being diagnosed with kidney disease.

He made the comments as the foundation prepares to open its new dialysis clinic next month.

According to Mr Maharaj, the assumption that kidney disease only afflicted the middle-aged and elderly was no longer correct.

"Normally, we see people coming in for treatment of kidney disease and this is sometimes related to the person having diabetes but now we are also getting younger persons with kidney disease," Mr Maharaj said.

He said habits like binge drinking were contributing to youths being diagnosed with kidney disease.

"The kidneys are really the number two organ to the heart and we must really take better care of them," Mr Maharaj said.

However, he said that once younger people went through the process of dialysis, they would very often give up the practices that led them to get kidney disease.

Meanwhile, Mr Maharaj expressed his gratitude to the Government for pushing for more dialysis centres in Fiji.

"The Prime Minister has been a great supporter of our cause and we have a letter from him that is framed at our first dialysis clinic that he as head of the country is very concerned with the number of deaths from kidney failure."

Mr Maharaj said Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama had committed to helping the foundation, and they were looking forward to the assistance.


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