Initiative to find reasons behind prevalence of kidney disease in Andhra Pradesh

Jyoti Singh New Delhi | Updated on January 29, 2020 Published on January 29, 2020

As compared to the Indian average of 10-15 per cent, Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) cases Uddanam region of Andhra Pradesh shows a high incidence rate ranging between 30-45% of the population been affected. It is being found there are high incidences of CKDu prevalent in that region. The cause of these incidences is unknown.

To understand the problem that affects the kidney health of this population a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), Lucknow and Great Eastern Medical School and Hospital (GEMS and H), Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. Under this MoU, both the institutions have agreed to jointly work on identifying the cause for the high incidence of CKDu.

GEMS and H, Srikakulam and CSIR-IITR, Lucknow will jointly work to collect samples of food and water from Uddanam region affected with CKDu and analyze them for the cause of kidney diseases. Blood and urine samples of affected individuals will also be collected for identifying the reason for CKDu in the region. The study will lead to the formulation of guidelines and suggest preventive measures to alleviate the root causes of CKDu in the region.

Chronic kidney disease refers to that the kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should. The affected kidney function gets slower; it can cause wastes to build up in the body. The damage happens with a slower pace, and it takes a long period; that is why the disease is called chronic. It can lead to other health problems. High incidence of CKD leads to the tremendous suffering of affected people and the economic burden on the population. Frequent dialysis and transplant are the only options available to patients as the damage is irreversible after a particular stage.

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(India Science Wire)

Published on January 29, 2020
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