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Cyprus sees 115% surge in dialysis patients

Cyprus Nephrology Society sounds alarm on surging dialysis cases and global impact of kidney health crisis


Cyprus is grappling with a concerning rise in the number of patients suffering from end-stage chronic kidney disease, with over 1,200 individuals currently undergoing auxiliary therapy such as hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Clea Papaellina, President of the Cypriot Association of Friends of Kidney Diseases, highlighted the issue on the occasion of World Kidney Day, shedding light on the challenges faced by patients and healthcare providers alike.

Hemodialysis units and nephrology clinics are operational in all government hospitals and private clinics across Cyprus. However, despite the high level of nephrology care and an increase in registered nephrologists, meeting the growing needs of kidney patients has become increasingly difficult.

Papaellina emphasized that while Cyprus boasts a robust nephrology infrastructure, there is still a gap in adequately addressing the needs of kidney patients. The Association of Friends of Kidney Diseases, operating voluntarily, provides essential support to patients and their families, including financial assistance and raising awareness through public campaigns.

The Cyprus Nephrology Society reported a staggering 115% increase in the number of patients undergoing hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Alarmingly, kidney health problems rank as the 10th leading cause of death globally, affecting 1 in 10 people worldwide.

The challenges in kidney health care are multifaceted, according to the Nephrology Nurse Section of the Cyprus Association of Nurses and Midwives. Barriers include delays in early diagnosis, limited access to universal healthcare or insurance coverage, and affordability and accessibility of medication.

Chronic kidney disease is estimated to impact over 850 million people globally and was responsible for over 3.1 million deaths in 2019 alone. Without intervention, it is predicted to become the 5th leading cause of death by 2040.

Efforts to address these challenges are underway, but there is a pressing need for increased awareness, early diagnosis, and improved access to quality healthcare services for kidney patients in Cyprus and worldwide.

Authorities and healthcare organizations are urged to collaborate closely to develop comprehensive strategies to tackle the rising prevalence of chronic kidney disease and ensure better outcomes for patients across the island nation.

The Cyprus Nephrology Society and other stakeholders are calling for urgent action to overcome barriers and improve kidney health care delivery, emphasizing the importance of early detection and timely intervention to mitigate the impact of this growing health crisis.

SOurce: CNA

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