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Kidney disease: Bangladesh 10th most vulnerable in world

Climate change, air pollution and scarcity of clean water due to floods and droughts are some reasons for the increasing number of kidney patients, says nephrologist

Update : 09 Mar 2023, 10:43 PM

Due to global warming caused by climate change, the rate of kidney complications is increasing worldwide and Bangladesh is no exception in this regard. 

At a discussion held Thursday at the Gonoshasthaya Kendra in Savar marking World Kidney Day, speakers highlighted various causes of kidney diseases.

Bangladesh currently ranks 10th among the most vulnerable countries for a population with kidney ailments, they said.

Moreover, the global war situation and various natural disasters are triggering kidney ailments among a massive population worldwide.

Dr Mamun Mustafi, Chief Nephrologist of Gonoshasthaya Kendra Dialysis Center Professor, in his speech said that in the past twenty years, the climate has changed more than it did in the 200 years before that. As the temperature increases, the number of heat strokes increases. Besides, those who do physical work perspire profusely. It causes dehydration in the body. Climate change, air pollution, scarcity of clean water due to floods and droughts, are some reasons for the increasing number of kidney patients.

Prof Dr Ayub Ali Chowdhury, author of the work ‘War and Kidney', said that any disaster and war causes physical injuries to human beings and increases mental stress, which indirectly leads to kidney disease.

Professor Altafunnesa Maya, president of Gonoshasthaya Kendra Trust, was present at the event as chief guest. 

Gono University Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Md Abul Hossain was present at the discussion as a special guest.

The opening of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Transplant Center at Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital to facilitate kidney transplants at a very low cost was announced on the occasion.

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