JIS News

President of the Caribbean Institute of Nephrology, Professor Edward Barton, has said that the 2nd Annual Conference on Nephrology and Hypertension, at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay St. James, (January 25- 27), must emphasise the significance of preventing diseases in emerging states.
“There is always a terrible socio-economic impact of diseases on countries, therefore, we must maintain the emphasis on prevention,” Professor Barton said.
“We are convinced that prevention begins in the womb, because what affect the stressors that affect the foetus in the womb may have the potential to lead to the manifestation of kidney disease in later life,” he explained.
He told JIS News that this could have severe impact on the development of individuals and societies, as well as on budgetary expenditure.
He said that the conference was designed to bring together a group of individuals involved in medicine, who do research and are clinicians in special areas, such as kidney diseases and hypertension and cardio-vascular diseases, to explore the emerging challenges and to examine related research and developments.
“As we continue the fight against chronic kidney disease, it is necessary for us to share ideas and information which will assist us in taking control of the situation,” he suggested.
He said that the consensus from the first conference was that the epidemic proportions of kidney failure being manifested, globally, warranted the staging of an annual event to adequately explore the problem.
“We therefore have to emphasise prevention, because we cannot hope that we would build the dialysis facilities for all the persons that go into kidney failure. The way forward is undoubtedly prevention,” Professor Barton told JIS News.
He said that other related topical areas such as; Lupus Nephritis, Kidney Transplantation, Associated Vasculitis, Type 2 Diabetes, Bone Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Factors, among others, would also be explored during the three day conference.