Females more Kidney Donors but Less Kidney Transplant Recipients, says Director SKIMS
Syed Zahoor Afzal
Emphasized the need for correcting the gender disparity in kidney donations, Director Shair e Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, Professor Omar Javed Shah Thursday said that females are mostly seen as kidney donors. He however said that less number of females is seen as Kidney Transplant Recipients.
Director Shah who is also Ex – Officio Secretary to the government was addressing an awareness seminar to commemorate World Kidney Day.
The Director encouraging the academic cum – awareness activities in the institute complimented the nephrology department for organising the successful event. He equally complimented the Kidney Transplant Team led by renowned Urologist & Transplant Surgeon Prof. M Saleem Wani for successfully running the SKIMS Kidney Transplant programme.
Experts from different departments including Professor GH Malik – Ex-HOD Nephrology, Dr. Muzaffar Maqsood Wani – Associate Professor Nephrology, Professor M Saleem Wani – HOD Urology, Dr. Syed Basina – HOD Pathology, Dr. Rabia from Gynaecology Department delivered lectures to the audience which comprised mainly of Faculty from SKIMS, SKIMS Medical College Bemina, SKIMS Nursing College and students from SKIMS Deemed University. Other employees belonging to different sections of the SKIMS also attended the seminar.
Professor M. Ashraf Bhat, HOD Nephrology – Organizing Chairman of the event, explained the importance of the event. He emphasized the need for imparting awareness among the masses about proper control of Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar (Diabetes & Hypertension constitute about 2/3rd of the causes of Chronic Kidney Disease) and to avoid self medication.
Professor Rayaz Ahmad Untoo and Dr. Farooq A. Jan, Joint Medical Superintendent, SKIMS spoke on the measures to have better awareness of the Kidney Problems.
Prof. M. Saleem Wani in his address highlighted the urological aspects in kidney transplantation.
The seminar was concluded with a Panel Discussion in which many experts from SKIMS, Including Dr. Imtiyaz A. Wani, Dr. M. Ashraf Bhat, Dr. G H Malik, Dr. M. Saleem Wani and Dr. M. Saleem Najar replied the questions posed by audience.
Pertinently, World Kidney Day (WKD) is celebrated each year on 2nd Thursday of March. It is a global awareness campaign focusing on importance of kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney diseases and its associated health problems.
Today 13th World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day are being celebrated throughout the world. This year theme of WKD is kidneys and women’s Health.