By Jorie C. Valcorza
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, June 22 (PIA) — Latest renal disease registry posted 290 patients currently under dialysis here in Northern Mindanao.
Sandra Oliveros, adult nephrology consultant, said that of the total figure, 130 patients were from Misamis Oriental, 65 from Lanao del Norte, 56 from Bukidnon, 35 from Misamis Occidental, and four from Camiguin.
She noted that among the primary kidney-causing diseases, diabetes ranked first in the region. The same trend is also happening in other countries, with Oliveros adding that “globally diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of kidney problem.”
Other diseases identified include hypertension, chronic glomerulo-nephritis, and chronic pyelo-nehritis.
Oliveros said kidney problem usually affects the productive age group.
In Region 10, the bracket of ages 61-70 posted the highest number of cases with 82 patients under dialysis, followed by 77 cases from the 51-60 age group, 56 cases from the 41-59 years old, and a total of 26 from the 31-40 age range.
Oliveros further stressed that renal failure here in the region is more predominant among women.
Currently, there are only about 19 dialysis units servicing the whole region, nine from the province of Misamis Oriental, four in Bukidnon, and three for both Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental provinces. (PIA 10)