10% of the population worldwide is believed to be affected by chronic kidney disease. In 2010, kidney disease was ranked 18th in the list of causes of total number of deaths worldwide. Treatment with dialysis is a huge financial burden to carry for many patients.
In the Philippines, Year 2013 figures peg the number of those undergoing dialysis at approximately 23,000 patients as compared to 4,000 patients in 2004. That translates to an increase of 10 to 15% a year. One Filipino develops chronic renal failure every hour. Kidney disease is among the leading causes of death in the country.
These figures highlight the importance of prevention and early action.
#HealthXPh is having a tweetchat on kidney disease as World Kidney Day (March 10, 2016) approaches.
Join us later today, March 5, 2016, 9 PM Philippine time in discussing the following:
T1. What individual efforts can be made to prevent kidney disease?
T2. What suggestion can you share to the Health Department to help in the campaign vs kidney disease?
T3. This World Kidney Day, what do you commit to do using social media for promoting kidney disease awareness and prevention?
Let us act early to prevent kidney disease!