Excessive use of herbal medication to blame for rising cases of kidney diseases – GHS

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The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, says the excessive use of herbal medication is increasing the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Ghana.

The prevalence rate of chronic kidney diseases in Ghana is estimated at 13.3 percent.

Speaking at the commissioning of a Renal Dialysis Center at the Eastern Regional Hospital by management of the hospital in collaboration with the family of the late Dr. George Fredua Ofori-Atta and BDAC Ghana Foundation, Dr. Ofori Boadu who spoke on behalf of Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye called on the public to also observe optimal kidney health.

“Anecdotal evidence has implicated excessive usage of herbal medications in the rising cases of chronic renal diseases in our part of the world.”

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“If you enter the next available drinking spot now, you will find an uncountable number of bitters, aphrodisiacs, many of which are nephrotoxic,” he added.

Some patients commended the management for the establishment of the center.

They further called on the government to assist with the cost of the dialysis procedure.

“I used to travel from Koforidua to Accra twice every week but since the renal unit was established in Koforidua in June 2020, life has been made easier. We appreciate the government for this step.”

“All that we need now is for the government to assist us with the logistics needed for dialysis as well as help reduce the cost of the procedure.”

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