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Wednesday , December 1 2021

‘COVID-hit kidney patients face risk’ – Death rate high

KUWAIT CITY, March 22: Dr Turki Al- Otaibi, President of the Kidney Association, Head of the Department of Nephrology and Transplantation and Vice-President of the Arab Society for Kidney Diseases and Transplantation, stresses on the importance of all kidney patients, including dialysis or kidney transplant patients, to receive the Covid-19 vaccine to reduce the chance of infection and the seriousness of its complications on the health and safety of kidney patients.

Al-Otaibi said in a press statement on the occasion of World Kidney Day, which falls on the second Thursday of March that any side effects of vaccination are not comparable to the complications of Covid-19 disease and its impact on the lives of patients, especially those with kidney disease and kidney transplantation. He pointed out the slogan of the World Kidney Day this year is ‘Living well with kidney disease’, especially since the biggest challenge in light of the Covid-19 pandemic is the seriousness of complications from infection for kidney patients. In this regard, Al-Otaibi referred to the results of some scientific studies in the United States, Europe and China, which showed that the factor of “Covid-19” is high among dialysis patients and requires them to go three times to dialysis centers in addition to monitoring the high death rate among these patients and kidney transplantation, is up to 20 percent, which is very high.

On the other hand, Al-Otaibi pointed to a study carried out by the Department of Nephrology at the Hamad Al-Essa Center on 110 kidney transplant patients who were infected with the “Covid-19” disease and its results showed that the death rate among them was 10 percent and is very high rate compared to other patients and the general population. Regarding the statistics on the numbers and rates of kidney patients in the country during the past year, Al-Otaibi indicated that the efforts of kidney transplants continue despite the circumstances of the Corona pandemic, as it has reached 62 transplantation cases inside Kuwait and 35 outside the country, while the number of dialysis patients reached 2,300, and the service is provided to them according to the highest quality standards.

Al-Otaibi pointed out that the celebration of the World Kidney Day aims to increase awareness among the general public of ways to prevent kidney disease, believing in the importance of clarifying the risk factors that threaten to increase the incidence of chronic kidney disease and its relationship with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. He explained that 10 percent of the world’s population is affected by chronic kidney disease, and that more than two million people around the world receive treatment through dialysis or kidney transplantation. He stressed the importance of encouraging periodic and regular examination for early detection of kidney diseases. He praised the efforts of the Ministry of Health in providing all capabilities to hospitals and medical centers and supporting awareness-raising efforts to prevent and limit the increase in the number of patients and the serious health complications resulting from that.

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