Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation

: 1996  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-

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KMS Aziz 
 Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 27049, Riyadh 11417, Saudi Arabia

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KMS Aziz
Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 27049, Riyadh 11417
Saudi Arabia

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I thank Dr. Subramanian for his comments and suggestions regarding the article entitled "Incidence of ESRD: Magnitude of the Problems and Implications" [1] . The issue of CRF/ESRD registry has been discussed. A de facto registry for ESRD exists as all cases of dialysis are reported to the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT) [2] . However, I entirely agree with Subramanian that registries are needed for other renal diseases. New initiatives are needed for registries on glomerulonephritis, CRF, diabetes and hypertension. Glo­merulonephritis registry has already been suggested [3] . That the ESRD registry is a reality can be noted by the fact that, on 31st December 1995 the number of patients on dialysis nationwide was 3,737 (SCOT data).

Imparting of health education to patients and families of CRF/ESRD and to vulnerable groups of patients likely to progress to CRF is an important issue. This should be structured in such a way that all patients that are screened get some general information. Additionally, patients with specific diseases are imparted with specific information for that disease both on management and preventive aspects.

The importance of multi-disciplinary preventive nephrology programs, including sociological and anthropological approaches, cannot be over-emphasized. The potential problem is availability of funds and commitment of scientists and professionals for doing research on preventive programs and on simpler, cheaper modes of therapy.


1Aziz KMS. Incidence of end stage renal disease: magnitude of the problem and its implications, Saudi J Kidney Dis Transplant 1995;6:271-74.
2Souqiyyeh MZ. The scientific committees to improve practice. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transplant 1995;6(3):326-7.
3Huraib S. The need for glomerulonephritis registry for Saudi Arabia, (letter). Saudi Kidney Dis Transplant Bull 1992;3:33.