Treatment for Kidney ailments in Sri Lanka is being expanded.
The Health Ministry says that there are around 30,000 kidney patients in Sri Lanka. The disease is common in Nikawewa and Dehiattakandiya areas in the Anuradhapura District.
Surveys have shown that the majority of people suffering from kidney ailments are between the ages of 40 and 45 years who can make a direct contribution to the economy. 90% are males. The doctors are of the view that use of aluminum utensils for cooking, continuously for a long period and consumption of food and drinks tainted with insecticides can directly affect the kidneys.
The Government is spending more than 3.5 billion rupees for treatment. Treatment units have been set up in Anuradhapura General Hospital and Nikawewa and Dehiattakandiya Base Hospitals. A Kidney Transplant Unit and a Dialyisis Unit have been set up at the Kandy Teaching Hospital and Maligawatta in Colombo as well. Doctors are of the view that it is essential to take preventive measures although ample facilities are available for treatment.