Devising emergency response plan with coordinated support in hospitals is essential to address the need of urgent treatment of vulnerable patients, including critical kidney patients in the country, say experts.
They came up with the recommendation while speaking at a roundtable discussion titled ‘Kidney health for all’ at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Saturday.
This year World Kidney Day will be observed across the world on March 9 with the theme ‘Kidney Health for all -- Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable’.
The experts also stressed the need for adopting integrated health strategies that prioritize prevention, early detection, and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including kidney disease. Founder and Chairman of the KAMPS Prof. Dr. MA Samad moderated the programme and made a PowerPoint presentation on the theme of the current year’s World Kidney Day.
Describing the situation of the overall picture of kidney diseases including its reasons, treatment and consequences, Prof. Samad said that every possible effort should be made to ensure the right to treatment of kidney patients all over the country irrespective of rich and poor or disadvantaged groups.
Prof Samad also suggested that the patients should plan for emergencies by preparing an emergency kit that includes food, water, medical supplies, and medical records.
Director General of Department of Disaster Management Md. Mijanur Rahman, former Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence Brig. Gen. (Retd) Engr. Ali Ahmed Khan, Professor at Department of Civil Engineering of BUET Dr. Mehedy Ahmed Ansary, Prof. Dr. Harunur Rashid, President of Kidney Foundation, Prof. Dr. Nizam Uddin, President of Bangladesh Renal Association, Prof. Dr. Md. Qamrul Islam, Managing Director of CKD & amp; Urology Hospital, Dr. Abdul Latif Helali, Project Director of Urban Resilience Project of RAJUK, Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu, former skipper of national cricket team, Prof. Dr. Harisul Huq, Professor of the Department of Cardiology at BSMMU and General Secretary of the KAMPS also addressed the programme.