By Eric Tataw – Saturday March 16, 2019.
Oben Helen Endam, 11 , challenged by malfunctioned kidneys has died, Friday March 15, 2019 in Douala, a town in Cameroon’s Littoral Region, family sources told National Telegraph.
Helen was undergoing treatment in Douala where she received three to four pines of blood every three to four days, the mother had revealed in a video that went viral only last week before her death.
There were recommendations the child be sent abroad for a kidney transplant be she died a day after World Kidney Day was celebrated. According to sources, the corpse has been preserved in a morgue in Douala, pending burial arrangements.
Thursday March, 14, 2019 was celebrated World Kidney Day (WKD). WKD is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems observed annually on the 2nd Thursday in March.
Giving that it’s celebrated every 2nd Thursday of March, hence this year’s event on March 14. It’s was celebrated under the theme; “Kidney Health For Everyone Everywhere.”
According to National Health Portal, chronic kidney disease is suffered by over 850 million people worldwide and is the sixth fastest growing cause of death. Around 1.7 million people are estimated to die annually due to acute kidney, National Telegraph has learned.
According to Ajeck Magdalene Endam, mother of the deceased, they migrated to Douala since August 28, 2018, because of the armed conflict in the North West and South Regions.
She had revealed, her daughter wasn’t sick before they moved to Douala but unfortunately took ill while they’re IDPs. Helen is first of two children and was diagnosed with a kidney problem at the General Hospital in Douala.