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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 375-377

The pressing need for integrated nephrology services in Northeastern India


1 Senior Resident, Department of Nephrology, Nephrology Unit, GNRC Institute of Medical Sciences-A Unit of GNRC Ltd, North Guwahati, Assam, India
2 Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Nephrology, Nephrology Unit, GNRC Institute of Medical Sciences-A Unit of GNRC Ltd, North Guwahati, Assam, India

Correspondence Address:
Shobhana Nayak Rao
Nephrology Unit, GNRC Institute of Medical Sciences.A Unit of GNRC Ltd, Silagrant, Amingaon, North Guwahati - 781 031, Assam
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijph.ijph_246_22

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major public health problem with an estimated prevalence ranging from 5% to 13% over South Asian region. CKD care and the need for provision of care for the management of end-stage renal disease are an increasingly growing need in India with rising rates of CKD, especially those attributable to uncertain etiologies in certain regions of India. There is a wide disparity between nephrology care services and availability between geographical regions of the kidney with the representation of nephrologists and nephrology care centers more in the Southern and Western regions than in the rest of the country. The Northeastern region of the country is poorly presented in terms of both availability as well as the accessibility of nephrology care services. Better integration and provision of care are the sole need of the hour.


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