Optimising dialysis services and modifying newer, but expensive, treatment methods of renal diseases in resource-poor settings as in Kerala were the focus of the academic session at the 13th annual conference of the Nephrology Association of Kerala, which began here on Saturday.

The two day-conference is being organised by the Trivandrum Nephro Club. With more people progressing towards end-stage renal diseases in the State, improving dialysis services and providing it at affordable rates had to be a priority in the health system. Affordable and accessible dialysis services were a problem for the poor, nephrologists pointed out.

The conference also discussed the management of pregnancy in patients with renal diseases, the modern trends in treatment of Lupus Nephritis and medical issues in renal transplants.

The conference was inaugurated by Vinay Sakhuja, Professor Emeritus, Department of Nephrology, PGI Chandigarh. Nearly 100 delegates, including senior professors from various Medical Colleges in the State, are participating in the conference. Senior professionals in nephrology were honoured on the occasion. On Sunday, clinical case presentations and problem solving will be taken up. A quiz for medical students will also be organised at the conclusion of the conference.

Keywords: Nephrology