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Communique Issued At the End of the 31st Annual General and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology (NAN)
Date Posted: 25/Feb/2019

INTRODUCTION:

The 31st conference of Nigerian Association of Nephrology (NAN) held at the International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and was hosted by the renal unit of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA), from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th January 2019. It was attended by more than 300 delegates drawn from different parts of Nigeria and had some international participants / resource persons from the United States. United Kingdom, India and South Africa.

The theme of the conference was 'Kidney in multi-systemic diseases". The sub themes were (i) Viral diseases and the kidney and (ii) Inherited disorders of the kidney.

The first day had four parallel sessions that featured update courses for adult and paediatric nephrologists and resident doctors, nephrology nurses and dialysis technicians as well as a workshop on topical issues in Nephrology.

The conference was formally declared open by the Executive Governor of Ebonyi state, Dr Dave Umahi, ably represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike, who highlighted the giant strides made by the Ebonyi state government in the areas of healthcare delivery, upgrading of primary health care centres and general hospitals and the introduction of the Ebonyi state social health insurance scheme. The Chief Medical Director of FETHA, Dr Emeka Onwe Ogah was represented by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Nnadozie Ugochukwu. Prof Paul Ezeonu, the Provost of the College of Medicine, Federal University, Ndufu Alike lkwo, Ebonyi state was also in attendance.

The conference keynote address was delivered by Professor Solomon Kadiri (a past president of the association) while Professor Ikechi Okpechi from the University of Cape Town, South Africa gave the guest lecture. He spoke on the role of hypertension in the increasing epidemic of end stage renal disease in Africa and the need for countries in the region to act fast in curtailing this scourge.

RESOLUTIONS:

Below are the main resolutions at the end of the 3-day event:

  1. There is a need for the Federal Ministry of Health to sponsor more large-scale studies on non communicable diseases surveys and mapping in the country, while commending it for the current nationwide mapping and demographic study of HIV and hepatitis B diseases.
  2. The capacity of the NHIS should be further strengthened to accommodate more haemodialysis session than presently allowed.
  3. School health services should be energized to include routine urine analysis and blood pressure checks especially in primary and secondary schools.
  4. The Association hereby calls for increased awareness of the advantages of peritoneal dialysis (low technology, cheaper, user friendly and no electricity required) and appeals to the authorities concerned to encourage the local production of peritoneal dialysis fluids and other consumables as obtains in other countries such as Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa. Also, import duties could also be cancelled.
  5. There is a need for active antenatal and perinatal activities to routinely screen for potential congenital anomalies in the newborn as a means of detecting congenital diseases of the kidneys early.
  6.  The Association is worried about the spate at which more professionals seek greener pastures abroad and the resultant depletion of core specialists and other allied health care providers. We therefore call on the authorities concerned to ameliorate this by providing more incentives by way of better working environment and enduring infrastructure.
  7. There is a rising incidence of diabetic kidney diseases, hence the need for awareness and legislations to fast food companies to indicate calorie and salt content on their food labels.
  8. The Association is appreciative of the support of multi-national organizations/corporate bodies and religious organizations in raising kidney awareness screening initiatives and World Kidney Day (WKD) activities and calls on other individuals and corporate bodies to show interest in this regard. The theme for this year's WKD, which holds on Thursday 14th March 2019, is Kidney health for Everyone Everywhere. It calls for universal health coverage for prevention and early treatment of kidney disease.

The Association would like to use this medium to thank the Government and the good people of the Ebonyi state for hosting the nephrology community in a conducive and peaceful environment.

We thank our international collaborators such as the ISN, the Local Organising Committee, Chief Medical Director of FETHA and the entire management and staff of the FETHA, our corporate partners, dialysis service providers, pharmaceutical companies, members of the press and the security agencies for making the three-day event a huge success.

 

Professor Ifeoma Ulasi,                                Professor Aliyu Abdu

Msc. FWACP, FRCP (LOND.)                        MBBS. MSc, FMCP

President                                                             Secretary

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