REDCOP officer says kidney disease a costly ailment

SAN JOSE, Antique June 29 (PIA) --  The program manager of the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) sent a strong message to the participants of the Lay Forum on Renal Health and Disease Prevention that kidney disease is a costly kind of ailment.

Dr. Teresita Susan L. Jorge said during the recent Lay Forum on Renal Health and Disease Prevention held at Diosdado Macapagal Trade Center here that kidney disease remains a health concern in the country and the government through PhilHealth is spending P180,000.00 per patient within the period of seven and a half months only, and the remaining amount for the entire year will be shouldered by the patient.

The cost of treatment to the patient with kidney failure brings financial burden to the entire family.

Jorge said that based on the 2015 data there are about 32,077 Filipinos undergoing dialysis.

Dialysis is a process of removing waste and excess fluid from the patient’s blood  through a machine. The process is necessary when the kidneys are now on its end stage and could not adequately filter blood.

During her lecture at the Lay fora and radio guesting over DYKA, Jorge strongly advocated for cessation of smoking, regular exercise, less salt and sugar, and drinking lots of water.

She reminded the public on the need to pay attention to maintain their blood sugar and blood pressure at the normal level.

The observance of National Kidney Month in San Jose, Antique this June was supported by the Local Government of San Jose under Mayor Elmer Untaran, the Provincial Health Office and San Jose Municipal Health Office.

Spearheaded by the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in coordination with the Department of Health and Philippine Information Agency, the activity aimed to promote the health of the kidneys and enhance awareness for kidney diseases. (JBG/VWV/PIA Antique)

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(C/O Precia Villavert Beach Resort)

San Jose de Buenavista

Antique, Philippines 5700

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