Parents need to be vigilant: Dr Krishnan
July 2, 2017 6:32 pm
With six hundred cases of kidney failure recorded yearly, Nephrologist Dr Amrish Krishnan is calling on parents to be vigilant and look for symptoms in their children.
Dr Krishnan says in the last two years three teenagers between the age of fifteen and seventeen lost their lives as a result of kidney failure.
He says early detection is vital, adding that there are simple tests done for children that can be carried out in public hospitals.
“Swelling of feet in children is very abnormal, parents need to take action about that, puffiness around the eyes that’s another one that we see kids have in what we call nephrotic syndrome so puffiness around the eyes , parents need to take that very seriously, blood in the urine parents need to take it very serious and if by chance they have gone to a health centre and if they get their blood pressure checked and blood pressure checked is above normal for the child than they need to take it very seriously.”
In government’s budget for 2017/2018, one million dollars has been allocated to establish and set up a National Kidney Research and Treatment Centre.
Dr Krishnan will head up the centre which will assist in the treatment of kidney diseases.