State should have campaign on treatment of chronic kidney disease that can be done at home
Per tribune in 01/09/2022
The State of Rio should create the Campaign for Awareness and Promotion of Peritoneal Dialysis Therapy with the objective of promoting awareness actions on the importance and benefits of alternative therapy to hemodialysis.
This is what Bill 5.587-A/22, authored by deputies Renata Zaca (PL) and Martha Rocha (PDT), determines, which the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj) approved in a second discussion, this Wednesday. (08/31). The text follows Governor Cláudio Castro (PL), who has up to 15 days to sanction or veto the measure.
“Peritoneal dialysis is similar to hemodialysis. Both are offered by the SUS, but in this therapy, the patient performs the treatment at home. It is a safe and effective alternative, beneficial in 90% of cases, which needs to be more widespread because it has potential to mitigate the critical scenario of kidney patients, contributing to the reduction of waiting lines and improvement in the management of public resources”, explains deputy Renato Zaca.
According to the proposal, the campaign’s objectives will be the wide dissemination of the benefits of peritoneal dialysis; clinics in the municipalities of the State of Rio accredited to offer renal replacement therapy for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis; effective care, on the part of the Executive Branch, to promote eligible municipalities for qualified access to comprehensive care for people with chronic kidney disease; the signing of agreements and accreditation of clinics qualified by the Unified Health System specialized in peritoneal dialysis, among others.
“Only 6% of patients in Brazil use peritoneal dialysis. In the State of Rio, the scenario is no different. Despite its 40 years of existence, dialysis is not very widespread and offered in Brazil”, adds the deputy author Martha Rocha.
In May, the project was debated in a public hearing of the Social Affairs Commission (CAS) of the Federal Senate, at the request of Senator Romário (PL). Physicians and members of the Brazilian Association of Dialysis and Transplantation Centers (ABCDT), the Brazilian Society of Nephrology (SBN) and the National Federation of Associations of Renal Transplanted Patients in Brazil (FENAPAR) highlighted the need to make the population aware of how to prevent Chronic Kidney Disease and expand treatments such as peritoneal dialysis.
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