By Tazeen Qureshi
Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center successfully organized a Walk on March 11, 2021, to commemorate World Kidney Day 2021 to raise awareness about preventive measures to lower the risk of kidney diseases. Hundreds of people from various walks of life took part in the Walk.
PKLI’s Dean Dr. Arif Mehmood Siddiqui, Director Medical Education Dr. Hafiz Ijaz Ahmed, and several other staff members of the hospital participated in the event.Ranked eighth in the world as far as kidney diseases are concerned, Pakistan bears more than 20,000 deaths attributable to kidney diseases every year. Chronic kidney disease is one of the rapidly rising diseases in the country. Some of the major causative factors of kidney diseases are consumption of poor-quality drinking water, junk food, low water intake, diabetes mellitus, obesity, overuse of pain medicines, self-medication, hypertension, and kidney stones.
PKLI is successfully performing Kidney and Liver Transplants and other major surgeries, including laser surgery for stone, Liver Resection and major cancer surgeries for bladder tumor requiring bladder reconstruction. The hospital has effectively served nearly 2.5 million patient interactions so far. PKLI’s highly trained surgeons have successfully conducted nearly 5,000 major and minor surgeries, including 125 kidney and 25 liver transplants. More than 35,000 dialysis services have been provided to patients. In addition to providing advanced treatment facilities including transplantation, PKLI makes every effort to create awareness about preventive measures to help in lowering the burden of kidney and liver diseases including Hepatitis from Pakistan.
The Walk proved to be a big success in this connection as a large number of people participated enthusiastically. They expressed that they gained useful information from medical specialists’ talks on symptoms of kidney diseases, modern preventive measures, and treatments being provided at PKLI. Because of the huge load of kidney diseases in Pakistan, PKLI is determined to keep taking impactful steps in future to fulfil its mission of spreading awareness about disease prevention to eliminate life-threatening diseases from our beloved country.
Tazeen Qureshi is Director Marketing at PKLI