The Sunday Leader

Chronic Kidney Disease To Affect 400,000 In NCP

It is estimated that about 400,000 people could be affected by Chronic Kidney Disease in the North Central Province alone. It means that five or six people of every 100 people in the Province are affected by Chronic Kidney Disease affecting not only the social life but also the economy of the region.

Commenting on the seriousness of the issue, a prominent member of the insurance community said last week that it is the state that has to bear the costs for this calamity and also the public has to pay for it indirectly. That’s the direct cost of medical expenses.

“What about the human and social cost. Men and women, who can contribute to the national economy are suffering from Kidney Disease and it’s almost fatal,” he said.

Many a health institution has described the calamity as a ‘humanitarian tragedy with vast implications.’

First detected in the early 1990s, this deadly disease has spread from the Anuradapura and Polonnaruwa District in the North Central Province to the Eastern, North Western, Uva and Central Provinces. The affected area now covers 17,000 kilometres, a vast tract of land occupied by over two million people.

While at one point chronic kidney disease was found mostly among male farmers in the 40 to 60 age group, this trend is now changing – with patients being diagnosed including women, children and even cattle, according to reports.

As such, the current escalation of renal disease is a major problem affecting Sri Lanka as a whole. To alleviate this problem Anuradapura Teaching Hospital and the Anuradapura Kidney Protection Foundation have come together for a community service project.

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