Kidney diseases claim more than 6,000 lives in Sri Lanka in last 3 years
Posted on September 22nd, 2019

Source: Xinhua

COLOMBO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) — Over 6,000 people in Sri Lanka have died from kidney diseases between 2016 to 2018, local media reports, quoting the government said here Friday.

Lands and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Gayantha Karunathilaka, answering on behalf of Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in Parliament said that 6,481 deaths had been reported within last 3 years which includes 2,135 deaths in 2016, 2,159 deaths in 2017 and 2,187 deaths in 2018.

During the period under review, there had been 17,503 kidney disease cases reported from hospitals while 787 people had undergone kidney transplants.

The minister said some of the worst affected districts were Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, in north central Sri Lanka and Badulla in the lower central hills.

Sri Lanka and China last year launched the construction of a state-of-the-art water testing laboratory at the Peradeniya University, in the central highlands of the island country to find a scientific solution to end chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu).

Construction of this laboratory is expected to finish in May 2020.

One Response to “Kidney diseases claim more than 6,000 lives in Sri Lanka in last 3 years”

  1. aloy Says:

    China bought Syngenta, one of the six largest agrochemical and seed producing companies in the world for $ 40 odd billions. They carryout lots of research work. We will see how many SL scientists will be employed there. We know they prefer Indians. Hope we will not be the Guinea pigs like our doctors are dong for some other country.

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