Why too many young Nigerians are dying of kidney failure – Beyond the loss of a much younger sibling, my friend, Frank’s, devastation is understandably aggravated by the realization that she had had kidney problem for awhile without knowing.
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The doctors had always treated her for ulcer or some other minor stomach ailment, but unbeknownst to all, her kidney was failing all the while. Last week, the vital organ gave up totally. She passed away… less than 5 months after her wedding, painfully.
To cut the story short, this young woman’s demise is another unfortunate reminder of not just the state of our healthcare system, but also our carelessness as human beings. This is not intended to excoriate the deceased but to put us, the living, on notice.
Prevention is better than cure, they say. And knowledge is power. It is rare for a kidney much less both kidneys to pack up overnight. It takes a while. And there are three major factors that can lead to kidney failure or kidney problems namely: