HSA to facilitate free health screenings on World Kidney Day
The screenings which are open to all members of the public, will take place from 7:30am – 12:00pm in the George Town Hospital’s Atrium.
The screening being offered to the community by HSA is to aimed at helping persons to identify if they are at risk of kidney disease and to give them the opportunity to adopt preventive behaviours to reduce this risk, as necessary. A
Attendees will be able to speak to a variety of clinicians at the screening, including nurses, a physician and a representative of the Dietary Services.
“As a patient who has kidney disease, the reliance on dialysis has drastically changed my life,” shared Shelley Myles-Guardado.
“I am unable to work, have difficulty travelling and have had to sacrifice time with family and friends. I would encourage every individual who has not had this disease to take preventative measures, because this is the reality of being a dialysis patient,” she added.
Celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March, WKD is a global campaign that aims to increase awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health, and reduce the impact of kidney disease and its associated problems worldwide.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects one in 10 people worldwide. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable and patients with the illness will need lifelong care. As the incidence of kidney disease escalates, WKD plays a crucial role in educating the public, the medical community, governments and encouraging prevention and early detection of kidney disease.
In 2017 WKD will focus on “Kidney Disease and Obesity: Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys” by promoting education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that make preventive behaviours an affordable option.
“I encourage everybody not only to lead a healthy lifestyle and to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease, but also to take advantage of free screenings to help identify problems at an early stage,” said Premier Alden McLaughlin.
WKD seeks to raise awareness about how the kidneys work; encourage screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD; encourage preventive behaviours; educate all medical professionals about the key role they play in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high-risk population; and stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic.
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Dialysis Unit.