By Wafa Alkhazzan
Many factors contribute to the increasing incidence of kidney disease and urinary tract in Yemen. Perhaps the most dangerous of what is known as chronic kidney failure which shares the causes of diabetes, disease pressure, blockage of the urinary tract and the indiscriminate use of antibiotics has enabled Yemen to absorb infected cases of chronic kidney failure through the opening and use of dialysis centers.
According to recent statistics through the past 5 years there are over 20,000 patients in Yemen, expected to be a number up to 30,000 cases that are dealt with this disease. The difficulties with kidney patients who need dialysis as a result of the lack of dialysis centers in most provinces of the Republic which causes them suffering, especially among their counterparts in many neighboring countries and the world.
Kidney failure in Yemen is a growing number of victims, and the injured have only two ways in curing themselves. First is cleaning out there blood three times a week and spending 4 hours at a dialysis process center according to fine standards and secondly is to have a kidney transplant.
Dr. Ibrahim AlNono, a consultant urologist and head of the kidney center in Althawra hospital stated that ”the first case of kidney transplants began in 2005 in the center of Althawra hospital by an integrated medical team consisted of Yemeni surgeons and specialists, nephrology, and thankfully 42 cases were planted, including 28 since the beginning of the year 2005. In the month of February they were four cases planted during the first half of the month, we will continue efforts to help these people and relieve their pain.
Althawra hospital interests in this issue provided the hospital with developed medical equipment that consisted of the kidney center, operating rooms and intensive care which was established in 1998. The first citizen who successfully survived the kidney transplant is Abdullah Awad, who is still living today naturally without any problems, which depicts the efficiency of the medical staff of Yemen.
Also available in Althawra hospital is a high potential therapeutic room, which qualifies the center to perform surgery daily on an estimate of 10-12 successful operations, and the size of the operations may reduce people from traveling kidney patients outside Yemen, especially after it became the center with cadres and sections complete. After processing section diagnosis and tests that were in the past an obstacle to the center which they would have to send the tests of kidney transplants outside of Yemen.
Dr. Shukri AlFalahi, consultant urology and renal transplantation member of the surgical team for kidney transplants in Althawra hospital stressed that the Center of Nephrology and Urology, which was established and became operational in 2005, nearly 60 thousand patients go to his clinic annually.
Dr. Shukri AlFlahi said that “kidney failure is divided into two major types of acute renal failure that occurs on good kidneys and that in a short time produces usually a drop in the amount of blood that reaches the kidneys as a result of bleeding or severe loss of fluids or decline in heart function, taking drugs or herbs are toxic to the kidneys. This type of kidney failure often hope of recovery if treated but sometimes results in chronic renal failure”. He also pointed out that the number of patients with renal failure in Yemen is on the rise.