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Kidney Awareness Week activities begin

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Sydney the kidney mascot.

PRESS RELEASE – Kidney Awareness activities are being highlighted this week from March 9th -15th with Thursday March 11th observed as World Kidney Day.

World Kidney Day aims to raise the awareness of the importance of kidneys to the overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems.

Sydney the Kidney Mascot was been developed for that very reason.  She visited and brought much cheer to the children in the pediatric ward at the Victoria Hospital on Tuesday March 10th.

“We’re just bringing attention to kidney failure and renal disease and let everybody be aware of the complications and how it can be prevented.” she said.

Consultant Nephrologist at the Victoria hospital, Dr. Merle Clarke,  pointed to the many activities which have been organized to bring attention to Kidney Awareness Week.

She stated that  public sensitization continues to be the main focus with the message being taken to various schools, business houses and the media.

She invited person to do one simple gesture on World Kidney Day.  ” We are encouraging everybody as a symbolic gesture, first thing in the morning just to have a glace of water. We are talking about kidney day so a glace of water when you wake up on Thursday morning.”

A major health fair and screening is also planned for the Parking Lot of the Civil Service Credit Union. “There you will have an opportunity to have your blood sugar, blood pressure your urine tested also there will be dietary counseling, nurses to council you and I will be there as well.” Clarke Said.

The major activity for Kidney Awareness Week is a “Celebrity Sports Day” at the Beausejour Indoor facility on Sunday March 15th from 10am.

“All our celebrities are on board, all our politicians, our local musicians, our Medical and Dental Association Members, the Bar Association, our corporate citizens everybody is on board everybody is ready to go.” Clarke stated.

Government expends a huge amount of money treating patients with late stage kidney disease. “Dialysis is very expensive, medication is very expensive, we are attempting to get a few transplants going overseas for now but even that is expensive. Treating late stage kidney disease is expensive so our efforts are really aimed at prevention. Educating people so we prevent patients from developing late stage kidney disease particularly diabetics and hypertensive I always emphasize they are the people who are more predisposed than anybody else perhaps to developing late stage kidney disease. ” Clarke pointed out.

Dr. Clarke is hopeful that the sensitization efforts will be successful and the information will reach the targeted audience thus reduce the number of person diagnosed with late stage kidney disease.


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