The Barbados Kidney Association (BKA) is reporting a significant increase in the number of patients suffering from kidney failure in recent years.
“A couple of years ago, we had two or three patients on the machine for dialysis … now we have over 200 patients on dialysis,” Wilson told Barbados TODAY following the launch of the association’s ‘Handbook on the Kidney’.
Wilson further stated that patients currently received treatment from an outsourced entity SILS Dialysis, the St John Polyclinic and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which was filled with patients.
“There are a number of patients in the clinic waiting to go on dialysis …that is the cost tax payers have to pay,” she said.
Attributing the cause of kidney failure primarily to diabetes, Wilson added that “the kidney is the stabiliser within the body, if your vessels can’t get the blood in then you have no filtering so that’s a problem”.
She said the association is hoping to use the handbook to educate the public on the importance of being healthy.