Nephrologist at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Region, Dr.Elliot Koranteng Tannor has bemoaned the rising cases of kidney disease among the youth in the country.
He disclosed that in the last 10 years, kidney cases are rising at an alarming rate among the youth compared to figures from the advanced world where the aged are the most affected.
The Specialist cited the abuse of painkillers and herbal medicines as the major causes of kidney diseases among the younger generation underscoring the need for a lifestyle change.
“Generally there is a rise in Kidney cases in the last 10 years. It tends to affect younger people compared to the advanced countries where persons above 70 are affected. In Africa, it mostly affects people between 20 and 50 years. The average age based on studies done at the Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching hospitals put ages around 46 and 47 years which is so low so far as kidney diseases are concerned. We have been concerned as health experts as to what triggers the upsurge in kidney diseases. In advanced countries, we are aware diabetes and hypertension are the major causes. In Ghana, we realize that a chunk of the people who visit our facilities there are other causes that we are not able to find out because they visit so late. We have noted that there are some risk factors that increase their risk of contracting the disease. Abuse of painkillers and herbal medicines is a major cause”, he revealed on Accra-based Adom Fm monitored by MyNewsGh.com.