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August 11, 2020

Myanmar to undertake first nationwide kidney health study

Health care providers give free medical check-up to attendees at a ceremony to mark the World Kidney Day in Yangon.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Health care providers give free medical check-up to attendees at a ceremony to mark the World Kidney Day in Yangon.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 23 March —Myanmar’s first nationwide survey on kidney-related diseases will begin later this year, with the aim of improving hospital treatment and programmes aimed at prevention, a renal specialist said Sunday at a ceremony to mark World Kidney Day here. Plans are under way to designate renal registries in both rural and urban areas, Prof Khin Thida Thwin said.
The survey will be conducted by the renal department at Thingangyun Sanpya Hospital under the Ministry of Health, with pharmaceutical companies providing financial assistance. “The project is expected to begin this year, but we still need both volunteers and funds for the survey,” Prof Khin Thida Thwin said. The initiative is designed to help reduce the risks involved with renal diseases and other related health problems, according to sources at the renal department.
While such a nationwide survey has not yet been conducted, some hospitals’ records show one-fifth of patients presenting to renal departments are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
Kidney specialist Prof U Khin Maung Htay said a study had found nearly 10 percent of the world’s population lives with chronic kidney disease, with experts estimating a 17% increase in ten years.
Kidneys help remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood and control blood pressure, with doctors suggesting high fluid intake to prevent kidney failure, but warning patients already with kidney failure not to drink too much water.
World Kidney Day has been marked on the second Thursday in March worldwide since 2006 with the aim of raising awareness of the role the kidneys play in maintaining good health. GNLM

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