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Patients with kidney disease up in Davao City

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By Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – A sedentary lifestyle has been blamed for the increase in the number of patients undergoing dialysis for kidney dis­ease at the government-run Southern Philip­pines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City, Dr. Aileen L. Herceda, adult nephrologist and active consultant at the SPMC, said.

During a press conference on Monday, Herceda estimated that around 5,000 to 6,000 patients, mostly 50 to 60 years old, are receiv­ing dialysis weekly, forcing the public hospital’s dialysis center to operate 24/7 just to cater to more indigent patients, including those from the other parts of Mindanao.

She said the increasing number of patients undergoing dialysis has already reached alarming proportions because it is reflective of the unhealthy lifestyle of several people.

Each patient undergoes two to three dialy­sis sessions a week, according to Herceda.

“The advocacy of our society is to inculcate awareness among individuals who have the risk factors — hypertension, diabetes, kidney stones. These are just prelude to inducing kidney dis­ease which is a lifetime disease,” she said.

She said a five-story kidney center is being constructed at the SPMC that will expand the hospital’s capability in offering services such as peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, and kid­ney transplanting.

“With the projected population of those pa­tients with kidney problem, there will be more who will likely be catered with the recent addi­tional separate building of the SPMC,” she said.

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