A Member of parliament have today called for the inclusion of the health care of kidney diseases unto the National Health Insurance Scheme.
The call came today when the Member of Parliament for Manso Adubea Yaw Frimpong Addo made a statement on the floor of parliament as part of marking the World Kidney Day celebration today.
In an interview with Top News Correspondent Yesmeen Abubakar Tetteh, Mr Frimpong noted that the expensive nature of its cure has led many people alluding it to spirituality which is gradually killing innocent ones.
He said if the treatment for kidney diseases are included in NHIS, it will lead to the reduction of kidney ailments being faced by some citizens of the country.
World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. World Kidney Day is celebrated every 9th of March and was started in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since. Every year, the campaign highlights a particular theme.
The year 2017 has the theme; Kidney Disease & Obesity – Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys.
Dr. Csaba Kovesdy, Professor of Nephrology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, US and Chief of Nephrology at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center as part of the celebration today explained that, “The best means to fight chronic kidney disease is prevention: it is thus paramount to identify and to treat all of its possible risk factors, such as obesity. Obesity is preventable and treatable, but reversing the tide will require concerted efforts not just from healthcare providers, but from the entire society“.
The legislature is therefore calling for the addition of it treatment unto the National health Insurance Scheme to enable the poor in the country to attain it health care for free.
The Manso Adubea lawmaker said, the inclusion of the disease unto the scheme will lead to early treatment from all persons affected by the disease without the fear of it expensive charges.
He further advised the youth to refrain from hard drugs and alcohol to live at long life and also prevent problems that erupt as a result of kidney failures.