More and more Filipinos are suffering from kidney diseases every year, with the number rising 12 percent annually, data from the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) showed.
One person dies every hour from kidney failure, according to the Department of Health, making it the ninth top cause of mortality in the country. Each year, approximately 10,000 Filipinos needed to have their kidneys replaced.
But kidney failure is considered a “silent killer” with little or no symptoms at all until it is too late, which means the number of Filipinos who are not even aware that they have kidney problem is even bigger.
Health practitioners have linked the increase in kidney cases to the epidemic of obesity and hypertension. Obesity, caused by unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle, can lead to diabetes, and diabetes and hypertension can lead to kidney disease.
Aside from an unhealthy lifestyle, smoking and repetitive intake of over-the-counter medicine are also listed by the NKTI as major factors why one develops kidney diseases,
Anakalusugan wants to take part in this action by providing mobile clinics in 200 pilot municipalities to extend free medical check-ups to Filipinos who are not able to go to hospitals for financial or other reasons.
The group started this campaign in Batangas by establishing the Klinika ng Bayan – a mobile clinic that provides free medical assessment to residents of Sto. Tomas and other neighboring towns.
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