Unhealthy lifestyle leads to increase kidney ailment as Bangladesh is hugely suffering from the disease due to rapidly changed food habit and way of life, health experts on Thursday said.
The people are being habituated with first food items and advancement technology are shirking space of physical movement resulting in many non-communicable diseases including diabetics, heart diseases and high blood pressure, they told a post-rally programme on the campus of Dhaka University.
As part of its day-long programme on the occasion of the World Kidney Day-2016, Save Life Foundation and Gift Live Foundation jointly brought out a rally from Teachers and Students Centre(TSC) of Dhaka University(DU) at 10am and it ended at Kolabhaban.
Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Prof Dr Arefin Siddique, National Professor MR Khan, President of Bangladesh Diabetics Samity Dr AK Azad Khan, Major General(Retd) Harun-or-Rashid, Prof Dr Arup Ratan Chowdhury and Chairman of Pharmacy Department of Dhaka University Prof Shitesh Chandra Bachar and Kidney specialist Dr Sohely Ahmed Sweety and popular singer SD Rubel attended the rally. After the rally, a discussion and a cultural programme was held on the campus of the university.
DU Teachers, Several hundreds of students of the university, leaders of the two foundations and guardians also joined the rally.
At the discussion Prof Arefin said, "Healthy people are asset of the country. So, we should maintain good health having balanced diets as well as adopting adequate physical movement."
He stressed the need for launching awareness campaign to education the people about the diseases.
Kidney diseases are preventable, Dr Azad said, "We can save our lives from the diseases though taking preventive measures. Kidney ailment is deeply linked to diabetics and high blood pressure. So, we have to control both this non-communicable diseases."
The 'World Kidney Day' was celebrated today this year in the country as elsewhere in the world. The theme of this year's World Kidney Day is "Kidney Disease and Children, Act Early to Prevent it."
MR Khan said the number of kidney patients is increasing in the country at an alarming rate due to unhealthy life styles. "We need to expedite our awareness campaign to create awareness among the people.... If we maintain healthy lifestyle along with proper diet, we can prevent kidney ailment," he added.
Dr Sohely Ahmed Sweety said, Kidney disease has emerged as a serious public health problem as nearly 50 lakh children in the country are now somehow suffering from kidney ailments.
Alarming rise of kidney diseases among the children is a global phenomenon and its early detection can save millions of children's lives,
According health experts said birth defects and hereditary diseases are the leading causes of kidney failure among children and common symptoms for children are swelling of the hands and feet and puffiness around the eyes.
Other major symptoms include lack of or decrease in appetite, decreased or increased frequency of urination, long- lasting changes in the color of the urine such as unusually dark or red, flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, stunted or poor growth as compared to similar age group peers.