World Kidney Day: Pharmacists urge Nigerians to shun drug abuse

Ugochukwu Iwuchukwu

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in marking the World Kidney Day, the Association of Community Pharmacists ACPN has called on Nigerians to shun drug abuse as a way of protecting their kidney.

The Chairman of Association of Community Pharmacist of Nigeria, ACPN, Rivers State Chapter DONATUS IJEZIE during an awareness campaign to mark the world kidney day in Port Harcourt said drug abuse is one of the causes of kidney failures in Nigeria.

DONATUS IJEZIE also advised Nigerians to always consult a medical professional before consuming any drugs.

”Today we are joining the World Health Organization WHO to tell people on how to safeguard their kidney and how to have a healthy life so that the society will be a better place”.

”Kidney problems can come from heavy metals and most of the heavy metals come from drugs. Every drug is a chemical and too much consumption of drugs will affect the kidney”.

Our major concern is how to stop the chaotic drug distribution in Nigeria as well as the easy access to drugs which is the major cause of drug abuse in the country.

The Chairman of Association of Community Pharmacist of Nigeria, ACPN, Rivers State Chapter DONATUS IJEZIE also called on Nigerians to desist from eating junk food.

He said that junk foods are not healthy food.

Donatus Ijezie said that the kidney does similar function with the liver which is filtering of chemicals in the body system.

He also advised Nigerians to guard their kidney jealously so as to avoid kidney disease.

Our correspondent reports that theme for 2019 World Kidney Day is Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere.