There is an urgent need for more awareness in the country regarding kidney-related diseases.
Dr. Steve Bogosia, from the Kidney Foundation, says kidney disease is treatable, but it is also avoidable.
He made this statement following celebrations of World Kidney Day today in Port Moresby.
According to the Health Department, kidney-related disease is the 6th killer disease in PNG, even though it is treatable.
Dr. Bogosia says more and more cases are being treated every day.
Health Secretary, Pascoe Kase, says kidney-related diseases are no different from other diseases. He says living a healthy lifestyle can save a person’s life.
Papua New Guinea has no proper treatment facility for kidney patients, but the PNG Kidney Foundation is doing its best to provide haemodialysis treatment and other kidney care services.
According to health experts, medical checkups, eating a balanced diet and regular exercise, are the best prevention measures.
Yesterday was the 12th World Kidney Day, and the third celebrated in the country. The sole purpose of the day is to increase awareness on kidney-related diseases throughout the country.