(SNO/GIS) — As Saint Lucia joined global sensitization efforts on kidney disease in observance of World Kidney Day on March 14, officials also released statistics from 2015 which gave an idea of how much the island is affected by the disease.
In 2015, there were 95 patients on dialysis between St. Jude and Victoria hospitals, with a waiting list of 85, officials revealed in a Government Information Service (GIS) report.
“Patients on the waiting list are those who require dialysis treatment, but cannot be treated because the hospitals do not have the resources for dialysis,” the report stated.
Saint Lucia also recorded 150 patients with stage four kidney disease in 2015, and 172 documented stage-three patients, officials further disclosed.
Local health officials said World Kidney Day called on everyone to advocate for “concrete measures” to battle kidney disease in all countries.
These included encouraging and adopting healthy lifestyles, making screening for kidney diseases a primary healthcare intervention, and calling for transparent policies governing equitable and sustainable access to advanced healthcare services.
The theme for World Kidney Day 2019 was “Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere”.