Kidney ailment could decimate Rajarata population
Posted on January 10th, 2013

By Ratna B.Ekanayake Eppawala Correspondent-Courtesy The Island

Dr Channa Jayasumana, Media Officer and Head of the Research team on kidney ailments of the Kelaniya University  said that so far 20,000 persons have died of kidney ailments and another 15.5% have been identified as having kidney related diseases.

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“Other than  politicians and big wigs of the government all the down trodden people in the North Central Province are suffering from kidney ailments though it had gone unnoticed and this disease is a curse which would eventually wipe out the whole population of Rajarata ,” he said.

Some  politicians and bureaucrats are under obligation to multinational companies as they   have allegedly taken kick backs from them while turning the poor masses into pawns, he added.

  We only see the tip of the iceberg to the kidney ailment in the North Central Province he said.

” A kidney patient will not know that  he or she is afflicted with the disease  until the kidneys have failed to an extent of  70   percent, Jayasumana pointed out.

 The ailment is diagnosed only after symptoms such as lack of  appetite, lack of blood and increase in blood pressure and by this time the illness had become acute and in a short time the patient dies, he said.

There is no medicine for a permanent cure and the only solution is a kidney transplant, but how would one find thousands of kidneys, he asked.

“In another 10 years time the human population in  Rajarata will be completely wiped out  without any people and the area will be deserted as after the Magha invasion,” Dr Jayasumana said.

At the end of last year, there was an international  conference of scientists on chemical fertilizer and pesticides held in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

The main agricultural crop in  these countries was the growing of sugar cane and plantains  on thousands of acres and majority of these plantations are owned by American companies producing agro chemicals. In Nicaragua  within two years 12,000 plantation workers died of arsenic, cyanide and cadmium poisoning, he pointed out.

Dr Jayasumana said that Sri Lanka imports sugar from those countries and  we need to do research on this again.

In research conducted by the World Health Organisation  it was disclosed that arsenic was found in samples taken from the bodies of plantation workers of Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica, Dr Jayasumana said.

The WHO also said that there was a similar situation in Sri Lanka as well.

“When we disclosed these facts, politicians and bureaucrats  who had taken fat commissions found fault with us, he said.

In the North Central Province ground water is contaminated with chemicals as large amounts of chemical fertilizer is used in the area, he warned.

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