At least, one third of the population in Oddanchatram block have been suffering owing to kidney stone (renal calculi) problems. A detailed survey to identify the exact number of cases in rural and urban areas in the block and treatment for the same is need of the hour.
After scrutinising primary data available with various sources including government hospitals, the Indian Public Health Association had estimated that every third person in the block would be suffering from this disease.
Male members in the block were the worst-affected. Of the total number of affected persons, more than 50 per cent were men. The pathetic situation was that the affected persons did not understand that it was a renal problem.
Since a majority of them had the habit of consuming liquor, the men believed that they had only stomach pain. Others suspected that the pain could be owing to an ulcer or other gastro-enteric problems. Even if they had pain in the abdomen area, they were unable to locate the spot properly and hence would take anti-biotic medicines continuously for stomach disorders.
Many failed to realise that such medicines would have adverse side effects and eventually lead to many complications in the long run, said Dr. S. Ilango, president of the Association.
“Such acuteness of the disease is not prevalent in any part the State.”
Serious attention should be paid to men in Oddanchatram. The IPHA in association with Department of Health Services would take up a detailed study to find the root cause of the disease, he added. Even the quality of ground water and drinking water supplied to every panchayat and town should be analysed.
Next to cancer, renal disorder was one of the fast spreading non-communicable diseases among people. Severe pain in the abdomen, flank or in the groin were some of the normal symptoms of the disease. A kidney stone was a hard, crystalline material formed in the kidney or urinary tract.
The stones form owing to decrease in urine volume and excess of stone-forming substances in the urine.
It was keen on roping in World Health Organisation to provide suitable solutions to save people from this non-communicable disease.