A doctor at the department of Hematology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika, Zaria Friday said incessant intake of paracetamol, commonly referred to ‘panadol’ can lead to kidney disease.
In a lecture titled ‘Managing Sickle Cell Crises’, Dr. Aliyu Dahiru Waziri said research has shown that frequent intake of paracetamol can affect the function of the kidney.
The lecture organised by Safiyya Sickle Cell Foundation, anon-governmental organisation that is assisting people living with sickle cell anaemia, took place at the ABU main campus in Samaru.
“I think that is why we are experiencing frequent kidney cases in Nigeria. I want to advise Nigerians to avoid the habit of frequent intake of panadol to avoid the chances of being infected by kidney disease. Some factors that predispose to sickle cell crises include;dehydration, infection, extreme temperature, stress, pregnancy, high altitude and extreme physical exercise”, Dr. Waziri said.
The team leader of the foundation, Mrs. Ronke Daudu, said the objectives of the foundation were eliminating sickle cells anemia, stopping stigmatisation of patients and rendering assistance to the victims.
In his remark, the Head of Hematology of the hospital, Dr. Aliyu Ahmadu Babadoko, said sickle cell anaemia was not contagious, but it was genetically inclined, hence the need for marrying couples to confirm their genotype before getting married. Babadoko said development of manpower would assist in the early prevention, detection and medication of the disease across Nigeria.