The Wife of the President, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, addressed the celebration of March 10, World Kidney Day, which is marked under the motto: “Overcoming ignorance to preserve kidney function”.
According to Gjorgievska, given the fact that one in ten people worldwide suffers from chronic kidney disease, it is crucial to conduct a campaign and activities to raise awareness about this disease.
“I am convinced that we can influence the fight against kidney disease and contribute to increasing the care of the kidneys in our population. By doing so, we will all contribute to improving the unfavorable prognosis that by 2040, kidney disease will be the 5th leading cause of death in the world. Therefore, I will repeat that it is especially important not to save funds, resources, in order to reduce the negative statistics related to kidney diseases”, Gjorgievska said.
According to her, the earlier we face kidney disease, the less the need for hospitalizations, interventions, dialysis and transplants.
Considering the long and difficult for all of us, and especially exhausting for our health system, Covid-19 pandemic, we are aware that the problem with kidney diseases, similar to many other diseases, is further complicated. I am convinced that with the always maximum engagement and professionalism of my fellow nephrologists, as well as other specialists, the situation will improve day by day. Of course, the care and attention of our citizens is needed, because it is always best to prevent and intervene in the initial phase”, Gjorgievska said.
World Kidney Day is celebrated every year on the second Thursday in March in more than 200 countries around the world. The purpose of marking this day is to raise awareness among citizens about the importance of kidney disease, their prevalence, the possibility of prevention and timely detection, methods of treatment and appropriate treatment of kidney disease to be available everywhere and for everyone.