Authorities accused of failing to realise gravity of Kidney disease

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Nearly 400 people died each month from the chronic kidney disease but the authorities had not woken up to its gravity, the GMOA charged yesterday.

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya warned that for want of a national policy.

He pointed out that various research teams had conducted extensive studies on the kidney disease, but their conclusions were contradictory. The Health Ministry had been treating the affected people in a conventional manner, but it was the responsibility of the Ministry to focus more attention on finding out the root causes of the disease.The WHO had conducted research on Balkan Nephropathy, but in vain. The GMOA would invite all research teams to gather at one forum to reach a final conclusion for the sake of the affected, he said. The Health Ministry’s approach to treating kidney patients was wrong, because no research team had been able to find the specific cause of the disease.

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