UP webinar takes on the challenges of kidney disease and dialysis in a time of COVID

| Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office


One Filipino dies from kidney failure every hour. There are close to 35,000 Filipinos who are undergoing dialysis and treatment for kidney disease in the country. Over the past decade, the number of new cases has increased by about 15% every year; and with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension as risk factors for kidney disease that could end up requiring a kidney transplant, dialysis is a temporizing measure.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic threw free-standing hemodialysis centers into a tailspin. Many dialysis centers had to shut down due to COVID-19 infections of patients and staff. Many hospital-based dialysis centers also started taking in fewer patients. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) became the only place to go to for hundreds of patients who could not avail of dialysis, and it soon found itself overflowing with patients who needed dialysis but had no other place to go.

The 33rd installment of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar series is a special edition, focusing on “Dialysis and COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities”, and on how the NKTI, the government’s premiere renal and transplant hospital, found short- and long-term solutions for the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will also discuss how hospitals can best prepare themselves adequately for the next emerging infectious disease that may cause a global pandemic, and how a “whole of government approach” in addressing a dialysis population can effectively be implemented.

The webinar will be held on December 4, Friday, at 12:00 nn. Dr. Romina Danguilan, Deputy Executive Director for Education of Training, and Research Services and Head of the Hemodialysis Unit of the NKTI is the presenter, while Dr. Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete, NKTI Executive Director, will give the opening remarks. Finally, Dr. Elizabeth Montemayor, Professor of the UP College of Medicine and President of the Philippine Society of Nephrology, will be the reactor.

Registration slots are limited, so sign up NOW: bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar33