WE are not seeing kidney disease in a bigger scale because people are not coming forward to have the kidney assessment done a doctor says.
A member of the board of Papua New Guinea Kidney Foundation, Dr Mathias Sapuri said people did not go to kidney clinics.
Dr Sapuri, also the vice chairman of the National Health Board, said that was because the country did not have many kidney clinics.
He said that during the signing of the memorandum of agreement between PNGKF and West New Britain health authority (PHA) to set up a kidney dialysis centre at Kimbe in WNB.
“Provincial hospitals may do the basic things but can’t do much because there is no dialysis so what happens is, you go home and you wait to die,”he said.
“The statistics are there, they show that this is a huge problem in PNG.”
Sapuri said a simple disease like malaria could destroy the kidney in no time.
“And malaria is a big problem in our country,” he said.
“People with severe malaria die from kidney failure.
“Simply because there is no dialysis in the health authorities in the provinces to support their lives during the recovery phase.”
Sapuri said this was an important challenge for the country.
As the chairman of the PHA, he had also congratulated the PNGKF.
“PNGKF is doing a great job in ensuring that we address some of these issues,” he said.
“Eventually, if we have dialysis centres in every PHA in the country, they will go a long way in looking after people at that level.”
He said such a foundation would need a lot of support.
“Not only in terms of those of us on the team helping to make sure that things work but also financial support,” Sapuri said.
“Financial support means corporate people and individual supporting the organisation.”
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