GMOA convenes common forum to get to the bottom of Kidney disease

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has decided to convene a common forum in a bid to arrive at a final conclusion on the fast spreading Kidney disease in the North-Central Province.

GMOA General Committee member Dr. Nalinda Herath yesterday said that currently more than 20,000 persons were affected by kidney failure. Many research organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), Peradeniya University, Rajarata University and Kelaniya University had conducted separate research on the chronic kidney disease.

The WHO had announced that cadmium and pesticides were the main causes, while the Peradeniya, Rajarata and Kelaniya universities had announced that the problem had been caused by the abundance of arsenic and heavy metals present in water resources in the affected areas.

Dr. Herath added that the GMOA would call all the research organisations within the next two weeks and arrive at a common conclusion. The findings of all organisations would be reviewed. All research teams, which had been conducting intensive and extensive research on the chronic kidney disease, would be called upon to arrive at a common conclusion and then the efficacious treatment process could be expedited. Medical experts were baffled at the increasing numbers of patients affected by the chronic kidney failure. Farmers in the North Central province were seeking medical treatment from hospitals on a daily basis.

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