Awareness Campaigns Mark World Kidney Day Observance

Various hospitals organised medical camps and get-togethers as part of the observance

Published: 14th March 2015 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2015 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: Lourdes Hospital:

In connection with World Kidney Day, a public meeting, an awareness and diagnosis camp was held at Lourdes Hospital here on Thursday. Retd High Court Justice P K Shamsudeen inaugurated the programme.

Fr Sabu Nedunilath, director, Lourde Hospital, presided over the meet. The  message  ‘Vrikkayude aarogyathinu oru glass adhikam vellam’ was conveyed on the occasion. The programme was conducted under the ageis of Nephrology and Toxicology Department.The nutrition and dieticis department organised free diet counselling.

St Xavier’s College

World Kidney Day was observed at the St Xavier’s College under the  aegis of Janaseva Sishu Bhavan, Little Flower Hospital, Angamali and Kerala Action Force here on Thursday. C Reethamma, principal, municipal chairman M T Jacob, Janaseva chairman Jose Maveli, Angamali Little Flower hospital director Fr Paul V Maadan will also.

Camp by AIMS at Collectorate

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, (AIMS) also conducted a  medical camp at district collectorate at Kakkanad on Thursday. Dr George Kurian, professor and Head of Department of Nephrology at Amrita Institute  of Medical Sciences, pointed out that there is lack of adequate number of nephrologists, hemodialysis units and the cost of treatment makes the treatment inaccessible for most. Lifestyle changes is causing an epidemic of non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes. “As diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD), followed by hypertension, the incidence of CKD is rising.” he said.

Dr. Kurian suggested regular exercise and daily physical activity to lower the risk of diabetes and hypertension and thus reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease. Besides, a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables with decreased intake of refined foods, sugar, fat and meat in diet will help prevention of high blood pressure and kidney stones. The other precautions suggested by him include: quit smoking, as it can lead to atherosclerosis, which reduces blood flow to the kidneys, thus decreasing its ability to function at its best. Avoid over-the-counter pain killers on regular basis. Common drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and kidney failure, if taken regularly.

Get-together

The Department of Nephrology, KIMS Hospital Edappally, organized a  get together for dialysis patients and their family.

Dr Jose T Pappanachery,  medical director, KIMS Hospital, handed over the first registration coupon of free kidney disease detection package.

 An awareness seminar was conducted  for the patients and their families by the chief nutritionist. KIMS Medical Superintend Dr Priyarenjini S and nephrologist Dr Sathish S also attended.

Transplant Team Honoured

In association with Medical Trust Hospital and Ernakulam Press Club,   World Kidney Day was observed on Thursday. Mayor Tony Chammany inaugurated the programme. On the occasion, the Press club honoured Medical Trust hospital and its transplant team. More than 200 transplantations are being held in the Medical Trust hospital every year. Dr Muhammad Iqbal, nephrologist, Medical Trust hospital , Dr Mammen M John, Urologist Dr Ravi Kumar and Dr Sachin Joseph spoke. P V Antony, MD, Medical  Trust Hospital and medical director P V Louis spoke.

Renai Medicity

In connection with World Kidney Day, Renai Medicity organised an autorickshaw rally and an awareness seminar on Thursday. Dr Krishnanunni Polakkulath, medical director, inaugurated the programme. M K Sajeeve, sub-inspector, Janamaitri Police Station rally flagged the rally. Many auto drivers participated in the event.

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