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Chronic Kidney Diseases, the 9th cause of death in Palestine

Kidney Transplants record 95% success rate

Jerusalem24 – The Ministry of Health said that kidney transplant operations in Palestine have recorded a 95% success rate.

The Ministry of Health stated in a press release today, Sunday, on the occasion of World Kidney Day, which fell last Thursday, that more than 450 kidney transplants have been performed in Palestine, in partnership between the Palestinian and Jordanian medical teams.

The Ministry of Health indicated that kidney failure is the ninth cause of death in Palestine, at 3.2% of all recorded deaths.

The Ministry pointed out that the number of patients who received dialysis service in hospitals in the West Bank regularly in 2020 reached 1573 patients, and the total number of dialysis units in the West Bank reached 11 units during 2019, of which 10 units belong to the Ministry of Health, including 240 devices for the Industrial College, in addition to one in An-Najah National University Hospital in Nablus contains 45 machines for the Industrial College, and 5 units in the Gaza Strip, which contain 102 sets for the Industrial College.

For his part, Abdullah Al-Khatib, Consultant Kidney Diseases and Transplantation at the Ministry of Health, explained that the diseases and conditions that cause chronic kidney failure include type 1 and type 2 diabetes, recurrent high blood pressure, and inflammation of the kidney tubes and surrounding parts.

He continued, “Factors that increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease include cardiovascular disease, smoking, obesity, family history of inherited chronic kidney disease, in addition to old age, dehydration,  infections, and excessive use of painkillers.”

He added that the primary prevention, diagnosis and early treatment of kidney disease is one of the basics of prevention, especially the importance of raising the level of awareness and educating people about risk factors and how to prevent them, and raising awareness of the importance of kidney examination for people most vulnerable to infection, such as diabetics and others, as well as awareness of the importance of following a healthy lifestyle and its primary role in prevention of kidney diseases.

He recommends drinking more fluids, continuing to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy food, and avoiding eating refined foods, which contain sugars and fats to prevent high blood pressure and kidney stones, reducing salt intake, in addition to not taking over-the-counter medications to preserve the kidneys, avoiding soft drinks, energy drinks, and smoking, as it leads to an increase in the workload of the kidneys in order to rid the blood of toxins.

Statistics of the World Health Organization indicate that 10% of people around the world suffer from chronic kidney disease, and nearly 850 million people around the world have the causes of kidney disease, and that kidney disease ranked 18th in the list of diseases that cause death.

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