The Permanent Secretary in the Ekiti State Ministry of Health, Dr. Folakemi Olomojobi, has attributed the recent upsurge in cases of kidney failure in Nigeria to unhealthy life style, abuse of prescriptive drugs and consumption of food with high caffeine content.
The Permanent Secretary who made this known in a statement to mark the year 2015 World Kidney Day celebration in Ado Ekiti, added that smoking and high level of alcohol consumption as well as untreated cases of hypertension were among the major causes of kidney failure among Nigerians .
She also warned people of the state against consuming herbal concoctions consisting of unverifiable contents, adding that many of the herbal concoctions contain harmful substances that could damage the kidney and other body organs.
The Permanent Secretary urged the people to avoid self medication and always consult certified medical doctors for their medical check ups as well as proper diagnosis and treatment of their health condition.
Dr. Olomojobi who explained that management of kidney failure is very expensive, added that Ekiti State presently has one dialysis centre at the University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti supported by a major telecommunications company.
She however urged people of the state to take adequate water on a daily basis as this according to her will open up all body organs.
The theme for this year’s World Kidney Day Celebration is ‘Kidney Health for All’.