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DateLine Sunday, 11 May 2008

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Special project to identify causes of kidney maladies

A special project to identify the causes for deadly renal failure had commenced at the Navinna Bandaranaike Memorial Ayurvedic Research Institute (BMARI) under the auspices of Indigenous Minister Tissa Karalliyadde.

The Director, BMARI, Professor S. P. Samarakoon said that kidney failure is one of the major threats to mankind.

At present it is being spread not only in Sri Lanka but also in the USA, India, Nepal, and other countries, he said.

He said that it appears only at the last stage where either kidney should have to be replaced or blood dialysis be done to rescue the patient. He was speaking at a one day workshop on kidney diseases which was attended by researchers, scientists in western and eastern medical practices held at Navinna BMARI.

Inaugurating the workshop the Indigenous Medicine Minister Tissa Karalliyadde said that one out of ten die in the both Central Province due to kidney failure.

According to the basic studies done so far in Sri Lanka, polluted water, food and air may be the causes for kidney diseases.

As an outcome of the workshop a research team headed by BMARI Director will make a series of reconnaissance visits in Kurunagala District in the near future.

According to health authorities kidney disease has grown to epidemic proportions in Giradurukotte, Nikewewa and Madawachchiya in the recent past.

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