Senegal is celebrating World Kidney Day this Thursday, 11 March 2021, with this year’s theme being « Living well with kidney disease ». This is an opportunity for the Senegalese Association of Haemodialysis and Renal Insufficiency Patients (ASHIR) « to increase both education and awareness of effective symptom management and patient empowerment, with the ultimate goal of encouraging participation in life », says the association’s president, Ahmet Sarr.
He stresses the importance of early diagnosis: « Kidney diseases are silent and insidious diseases, causing little pain or symptoms. It is therefore essential to be detected early to ensure appropriate management.
Thus, he points out, « being diagnosed with kidney disease can be a huge challenge, both for the patient and for those around them. The diagnosis and management of kidney disease, particularly in its advanced stages, has a serious impact on their lives. Indeed, the disease reduces their ability, as well as that of their family and friends, to participate in daily activities such as work, travel and social life.
In a press release sent to Seneweb, the Senegalese Association of haemodialysis and renal failure patients (ASHIR) recommends « annual screening for people aged 40 and over, whether they are at risk or not. This screening is rapid and non-invasive; it is based on a urine analysis, a blood test and an ultrasound scan. It therefore presents no risk to individuals.
However, it reminds us of the 9 golden rules for preventing kidney disease, namely
- 1- Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
- 2- Check your blood sugar regularly
- 3- Monitor your blood pressure
- 4- Eat a healthy diet and avoid overweight and obesity
- 5- Maintain adequate fluid intake
- 6- Reduce your salt intake
- 7- Do not smoke
- 8- Avoid self-medication
- 9- Check the condition of your kidneys if you are at risk (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, smoking, personal or family history of kidney disease, advanced age).
This year, « due to particular constraints, the popular celebration in Senegal is postponed to a later date », the document states.