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RENEF Foundation To Screen The Kidneys Of 50,000 Ghanaians For Free

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Reproductive Needs and Fitness (RENEF) Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Ghana has launched its latest project.

About 50,000 Ghanaians will benefit from this project which was launched in Sunyani, the capital of the Bono Region on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

RENEF Foundation is set to screen the kidneys of 50,000 Ghanaians across the country for free.

The Executive Director of the Foundation, Abigail Antwi-Baafi indicated that her outfit is poised for action.

She reiterated their commitment to ensure the success of the project.

Ms Antwi-Baafi also cautioned young women at the launch which was covered by Newshuntermag.com about the abuse of emergency contraceptives.

Mr Atta Akoto Senior, an Executive Member of RENEF Foundation, called on policy makers to come up with sustainable ways to support people who develop kidney disease.

“In a 2017 review of the renal registry data, it was found that there were 686 patients with end stage kidney disease on renal replacement therapy with the majority (96.4%) on dialysis. There were only 24 patients who have had transplantation. The mean age of patients with end stage renal disease on renal replacement therapy was 45.5%.

Early detection is key to prevent progression of kidney disease to end stage kidney disease. Because we have not yet achieved equitable access to care due to the enormous economic burden associated with kidney disease, we urge policy makers to come up with sustainable ways to support people who develop kidney disease,” he said.

“We need to help ourselves by being responsible for our kidney health to reduce the burden of kidney disease in Ghana,” Mr Akoto added.

“We at RENEF Foundation know by our input of free kidney screening for 50,000 Ghanaians, we will go a long way to solving this menace eating up the younger population, by further organizing screening programs in 25 Teacher training colleges across the country, some cooperate institutions, churches and market places. These we hope to achieve with the support from all Ghanaians and corporate bodies and individuals,” the RENEF Foundation Executive Member concluded.

To protect the kidney, Anita Oscar Akotey, the Bono Regional Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Principal Regulatory Officer advised against too much of alcohol intake.

Madam Oscar Akotey further counselled the public to stop using breaching products which can harm their kidneys.

She added that the consumption of salt and sugar excessively is not healthy and poses a threat to the kidneys.

The project was themed: “Re-Igniting The “Know Your HIV Status” Campaign – Substance Abuse Linked To Kidney Disease”.

See more photos from the event below.

RENEF Foundation Launches Free Kidney Screening Project in Sunyani
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Newshuntermag.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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