The number of patients undergoing treatment for kidney failure in Bahrain rose to 570 last year, from 446 in 2014.
The patients are undergoing haemodialysis – using a machine to move blood through a filter outside the body and remove waste.
They are also being treated by using peritoneal dialysis – that is using the lining of the belly to filter blood inside the body and remove waste.
The number of people who reported to outpatient renal diseases clinics also topped 4,609 last year, up from 4,106 in 2014.
Health Ministry Under-Secretary Dr Walid bin Khalifa Al Manea released the statistics as he opened the annual nephrology conference.
The Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) Youssef Khalil Almoayyed Nephrology and Renal Transplant Centre organised the event under the theme “Kidney Failure … Facts and Challenges”.
Dr Al Manea warned against the alarming increase in the incidence of kidney failure due to the rise in chronic diseases, particularly diabetes and blood pressure.
Bahrain has a capacity of 71 beds for kidney patients – 25 at Salmaniya Hospital and 46 at Abdulrahman Kanoo Dialysis Centre. A new 60-bed centre is under construction at Hunainiya.
The BDF Hospital and other private hospitals are also providing the kidney dialysis services.
Dr Al Manea honoured the keynote speakers and organisers before opening a health exhibition held on the sidelines of the nephrology conference.
The conference focused on diagnosis of renal diseases, children’s kidney failure, kidney transplant in Bahrain, dialysis and patients’ lifestyle.
Almoayyed Centre chairman Dr Ali Al Aradi addressed the conference stressing the importance of such platform in keeping abreast of world medical trends.
– Gulf Daily News