Posted on March 07, 2019

There are currently around 950 patients on dialysis in Qatar, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) officials have said. 

These patients are on dialysis in various HMC facilities in Qatar. Between 250 and 270 new cases of patients requiring dialysis are being reported in Qatar every year. Speaking at a press conference to announce the activities of the World Kidney Day (WKD), Head of HMC’s Nephrology Department Dr Hassan al Malki said: “Kidney disease can affect people of all ages and races and individuals in the early stages of kidney disease often display very few, if any, symptoms.”

With an estimated one in 10 people in Qatar affected by kidney disease, nephrology specialists at HMC are calling on the community to take steps to educate themselves to safeguard their kidney health. Malki said the signs and symptoms of kidney disease are often nonspecific, meaning they can also be caused by other illnesses or can be mistaken for other health conditions. “Signs and symptoms of kidney disease can include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, sleep problems, changes in how much you urinate, muscle twitches and cramps, swelling of the feet and ankles, and high blood pressure.”

HMC Nephrology Consultant Dr Essa Abuhelaiqa said the burden of kidney disease is continuing to rise. It is estimated that approximately 850 million people worldwide suffer from kidney disease. “Globally, chronic kidney disease causes at least 2.4 million deaths each year and is the sixth fastest growing cause of death. Qatar has been at the forefront in kidney disease prevention, with the implementation of kidney disease awareness campaigns designed to encourage the public to adopt a healthy lifestyle, widespread screenings, and treatment of the major causes of kidney disease, including diabetes and high blood pressure, having been implemented across the health sector.”

To mark World Kidney Day on March 14, HMC is organising a series of events designed to educate patients and the wider community about the importance of good kidney health. Nephrology Consultant Dr Mohamad Alkadi said that HMC’s World Kidney Day activities are designed to reach as many people as possible. “In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of patients with kidney disease. One in ten people in Qatar suffers from some form of kidney disease – which is a big number that encompasses a broad spectrum of the community.”

HMC World Kidney Day activities include a two-day symposium for healthcare workers on kidney health on March 8 and 9; HMC staff will visit schools and universities to raise awareness of the importance of good kidney health on March 10 to 12; and health awareness booth at the main entrance of Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital on March 11 to 13. The booth will be staffed by clinical teams who will provide information leaflets and health education materials to people. Clinical teams will also provide basic health checks.

In addition, HMC will host health awareness booths at the main entrances of Hamad General Hospital, Al Wakrah, and Al Khor Hospitals, as well as in Sidra Medicine on March 13 and 14. A walkathon will be held at the Corniche on March 15 from 3pm for members of the community. There will also be free health checks. HMC will host health awareness booths at select Qatar Red Crescent health centres on March 17. HMC will host health awareness booths at Qatar University and Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar on March 18 and 19.

source: Qatar Tribune