Several People In North Central Region Have Chronic Kidney Disease
Over 15 percent of the population in the North Central province are suffering from the Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDU), the Health Ministry said.
According to Health Ministry spokesman W. M. D Wanninayake research was carried out in the area with the assistance of the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the magnitude of the spread of the disease.
Wanninayake said that Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena convened a high level meeting on Thursday with the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Social Services, Irrigation and water supply, Indigenous medicine and Science and Technology to discuss the issue.
CKDU is caused by exposure of individuals to a combination of Nephrotoxic heavy metals (Cadmium and Arsenic) at low concentrations. Heavy metals enter the body mainly through the food chain and possibly also through air pollution, the Health Ministry said.
It also said that preventing the indiscriminate use of fertilizer and certain pesticides which have toxic effects on Kidney properties can help to protect the vulnerable segments of the population, the Health Ministry said.