June 1, 2023
World Kidney Day: Drug abuse leads to chronic disease World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day: Drug abuse leads to chronic disease

By Mahmud Gambo Sani

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), being a debilitating ailment is said to be one of the diseases caused by drug abuse especially among youth.

This was disclosed by Prof. Aisha Nalado of Internal Medicine Department of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), during an outreach at Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo secondary school, organized by the hospital in collaboration with Micro Nova Pharmaceuticals, to commemorate the World Kidney Day which is being celebrated March 10, annually.
The statement was contained in a press release issued by Fatima Nasidi Inuwa, the
Senior Information Assistant with the AKTH and made available to The Triumph today.
According to the statement, Prof. Aisha explained that the percentage of youth suffering from kidney disease is on the rise globally, with about 50 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease in AKTH under the age of 30.
She further said that the excessive abuse of drugs mostly among youth made it compulsory for the hospital to sensitize the students on the effect of drugs on their kidneys so as to curtail the prevalence.

Also speaking, a consultant Nephrologist, Dr. Ademola Babatunde disclosed that the signs and symptoms seen on patients with chronic Kidney disease include; swollen face, foamy urine, blood in urine, and frequent urination at night.

Dr. Babatunde advised the students to avoid high intake of salt, sugar, carbonated products as well as reduce the consumption of traditional herbs which are also known causes of the disease.

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