500 new chronic kidney patients every year

January 30, 2013 - 4:03:24 am

From left:  Dr Ihab El Madhoun, Senior Consultant, Dr Hassan Al Malki, Head of Nephrology Department, and  Dr Awad Rashed, Consultant in Nephrology, at the press conference, yesterday. Abdul Basit

DOHA: About 500 patients suffering from kidney failure are currently undergoing dialysis at the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and another 500 chronic cases are added to the list every year, a senior consultant at HMC said yesterday.

Of the existing 500 cases, more than 100 are in a critical condition and require a kidney transplant to save their lives. However, absence of donors is delaying surgeries.

The high incidence of kidney failure has been attributed to two major risk factors— diabetes and hypertension — the prevalence of both of which is also high. 

The HMC will be hosting the first Qatar Nephrology Conference from February 7 to 9 to discuss the latest developments in the treatment of kidney diseases. The event will take place at Hilton Hotel Doha.

“About 50 percent of the kidney failures are caused by diabetes and 20 to 30 percent are attributed to hypertension. The main challenge we are facing here is how to tackle these two major risk factors,” Dr Ihab El Madhoun, senior Nephrology consultant at HMC told The Peninsula yesterday.

El Madhoun joined Dr Hassan Al Malki, head of the Nephrology Department at HMC and Awad Rashed, senior Nephrology consultant, at a press conference where details of the forthcoming conference were announced.

“This is the first conference of its kind in Qatar, considering the participation of international experts and the nature of the topics to be discussed. The scientific conference will discuss the latest developments in the treatment of kidney diseases and transplants,” he said.

El Madhoun, who heads the Kidney Unit at the Al Wakra Hospital, said about 15 kidney patients are undergoing dialysis at the new unit opened in November last year. Other dialysis centres are in Doha, Wakra, Al Khor and Shahaniya.

“A major challenge related to kidney diseases is that the symptoms appear very late. Many of the complications can be avoided if the disease is detected at an early stage. People who are having the risk factors must do regular follow -up and medical examinations,” he said.

The Peninsula