Every second Thursday of March we celebrate World Kidney Day, this year the on the 10th of March under the theme of “Kidney Health for all” the 2022 campaign as set out by the World Kidney Day Joint Steering Committee will focus on efforts to increase education and awareness about kidney health and on preventive
interventions to prevent the onset and progression of kidney diseases.
Specifically, it calls on all of us to work to bridge the knowledge gaps to better kidney care.
Our Manager for Risk and Finance at Pupkewitz Motors Division, Chris Arries became a kidney donor in June of 2017.
With a passion for Rugby, Chris was drafted into the Namibian National Rugby XV team in 2019 and keeps fit by playing local rugby ever so often.
With a long-term view of life in mind, Chris advises taking care of your body with or without any kidney diseases. The normal Do’s and Don’ts apply. Drinking enough water per day is a standard thing that most people forget, not smoking and making sure not to have an animal protein-rich diet are all things that should be considered to ensure healthy kidney function.
According to the latest WHO data published in 2018, Kidney Disease Deaths in Namibia reached 229 or 1.31% of total deaths. The age-adjusted Death Rate is 20.16 per 100,000 population, WHO further ranks Namibia number 71 in the world.
Since July of 2017, The Ministry of Health and Social services have made available kidney dialysis facilities within Namibia State Hospitals to both public and private state patients. This has meant that more patients with kidney ailments could now receive immediate free care.
Should you or anyone in your family or friends want to know more about Kidney diseases, health, dialysis, transplants or medical care kindly contact any of the following institutions for more information:
Kidney & Dialysis Centre (Pty) Ltd,
Telephone: +264 61 400 200
The Kidney and Dialysis Specialist Centre, Katima Mulilo
061 374 150