#SoundOff: Cause For Concern – Rate Of Kidney Ailments Among Nigerians

#SoundOff: Cause For Concern – Rate Of Kidney Ailments Among Nigerians

By Charles Novia | Op-Ed Contributor on September 13, 2015
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The rate at which lots of people in Nigeria are battling with kidney ailments is quite alarming.

It’s commonplace to hear of one person dying of renal failure or kidney complications. Almost every week, I hear of these things. It’s scary.

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I have to ask: Is it something we eat in these parts? If it is, what is it we are eating which our father’s before us never ate, yet they lived for decades? Has much Western and Chinese spices in our diet affected the capacity of our kidney functions?

What about the alcohol? These strong spirits our young people down like water which would make even the most prolific village drunk stare in shame? The billions of hectolitres we consume as strong drinks in this country!

And the manufacturers keep flooding our ports with more. Fire waters! Liquids of doom.

What is going on?

I would advise everyone to undertake basic kidney function tests annually. It’s quite important to know if your kidneys and liver are in good condition. And please cut down on excesses.

Charles Novia is an award-winning filmmaker. He is founder of November Productions and November Records. Connect with him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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