KARACHI: The World Kidney Day was observed at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) Pakistan at SIUT Karachi and Kathore as part of worldwide celebration of the day.
The World Kidney Day is also marked all over the world to spread awareness on kidney diseases with a theme “Kidneys for Life – Stop Acute Kidney Injury”. Renowned social worker, Maulana Abdul Sattar Edhi was also present on the occasion and appreciated the efforts of SIUT in reaching out for awareness.
Addressing the occasion, Director SIUT, Prof. Adib Rizvi said every year approximately 50,000 people in Pakistan die due to organ failure, out of which 20,000 die due to renal failure, 15,000 due to liver failure, 8,000 from heart failure, and the rest due to failure of lungs and pancreas.
He said Pakistan has an existing law for deceased organ donation and if we start cadaver organ donation in our country, we can save majority of patients suffering from the organ failure.
Dr. Rizvi said every year there is an alarming increase in the incidence of renal failure. About 250 to 300 million people worldwide suffer from this disease. There is a 40 per cent increase in the incidence of diabetes mellitus and hypertension which are one of the leading causes of chronic renal failure.