PNS moot discusses environmental degradation's impact on kidney health 

Press Release 02:18 PM, 5 Mar, 2024
PNS moot discusses environmental degradation's impact on kidney health 
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KARACHI: International nephrologists highlighted the effects of environmental degradation on kidney health, particularly underscoring its implications for developing countries like Pakistan on the second day of the 14th Biennial Conference of the Pakistan Society of Nephrology (PSN).

The event is being held at the Agha Hasan Abedi and Suleman Dawood Transplant Tower Auditoriums of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).

They stressed the need for community-based studies and a comprehensive kidney registry to address this issue effectively.

Despite contributing minimally to global warming, Pakistan faces substantial repercussions, as evidenced by the increasing prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which affects approximately 60pc of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) patients.

Acknowledging the limitations of the current treatment options, experts pointed out the environmental impact of hemodialysis and the inadequacy of kidney transplantation programs. They stressed the need for broader societal participation in organ donation programs and increased support for peritoneal dialysis adoption.

Known nephrologists from the USA and UK, alongside Pakistani experts, shared invaluable insights and experiences throughout the conference. The event continued onto Day Three, focusing on enhancing dialysis care quality and accessibility.

The morning session on the second day explored the current status and future prospects of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, while the afternoon session emphasized optimizing dialysis care. Discussions revolved around establishing ideal dialysis centers and addressing technical challenges faced by nephrologists, particularly in pediatric cases.

Prof Edwina Brown (UK), President of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, discussed peritoneal dialysis management, including peritonitis control and personalized approaches. The suitability of specific patient populations for peritoneal dialysis was also explored.

The day concluded with a session on pediatric nephrology, featuring experts like Prof. Ali Asghar Lanewala and Prof. Khemchand Moorani, shedding light on various childhood kidney diseases.

Day three of the moot will feature the "Meet the Experts" session, facilitating case-based discussions chaired by Prof. Magdi Yaqoob and Prof. Edwina Brown.

The concluding ceremony will witness the election and oath-taking of the PNS new executive committee, reaffirming commitment to advance kidney health initiatives nationwide.