Staff Reporter

KOCHI: About a lakh people in the country every year are developing severe kidney failures that requires either a transplant or dialysis as part of the treatment. In Kerala, there are approximately 3,000 people who are facing this problem. As the treatment required is expensive a vast majority are unable to afford it, said Dr. Abi Abraham, the organising secretary of the tenth annual conference of Nephrology Association of Kerala, that concluded on Sunday.

The nephrologists at the conference also decided to create awareness among the general public about the need for cadaver transplantations. There is a huge shortage of organs in the country as people are not aware about it. In most of the western countries, the major source of organ is from cadavers. P. M. Jayaraj, president of the Association said that the issue of organ shortage has to be addressed with priority.

About a hundred delegates attended the two-day conference that had updates on nephrology, symposia and clinical pathological paper presentations. There was also a quiz programme for the post graduate students.

R. Basant, judge, High Court, in his keynote address, said that doctors should not be just technocrats with respect to the human body, but have a humane and compassionate approach while dealing with patients.

Dr. Jayakumar, Head of Nephrology, Medical College, Kottayam, discussed the recent advances in the field of acute kidney failure. Dr. Ramdas Pisharody, principal, Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, called for early detection of kidney diseases so that treatment becomes easy and affordable. Dr George T. John reminded that diabetes and hypertension are the important markers to check kidney diseases.