The 3 ├ö├ç├┤day Kampala Renal Week Conference has opened in Kampala with a call for adoption and application of basic preventive measures at community level to reduce the kidney disease burden in Uganda.
The call was made by Ms. Jennifer Musisi Semakula, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) while opening the conference at Grand Imperial Hotel.
She said that with the involvement of the political leadership the City Authority is embarking on a massive campaign to reach the communities to ensure that health aspects of city management are adequately addressed before they become diseases. She said that communities need to be engaged on issues of extent of damage of kidney disease, level of treatment required and the costs involved.
Ms. Musisi said that the city authority is expanding health facilities and note that this is an opportunity to roll out kidney disease management.
The Minister of Health Dr. Christine Ondoa said that kidney disease is one of the Non Communicable Diseases associated with high morbidity and mortality. She said management of diet, tobacco and alcohol use will help reduce kidney disease burden.
Dr. Ondoa├ö├ç├ûs speech was read for her by Dr. James Sekajugo, who is the in-charge Non Communicable Diseases in the Ministry.
In her speech the Minister pointed out the need for equipment in health facilities to enable health workers screen for kidney disease.
Professor Nathan Levine of the International Society of Nephrology noted that the inadequate number of specialists in kidney disease should be handled through shifting responsibilities to nurses and clinicians with supervision by the few nephrologists available.
The conference was the first of its kind in Uganda and it is expected to provide impetus for scaling up the fight against kidney diseases.
Makerere University College of Health Sciences was one of the organisers of the conference that attracted participants from different parts of Africa, Europe, USA and other parts of the world.