To mark World Kidney Day, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority will be providing free health screenings on Thursday, 12 March, from 8am to 1pm at the Cayman Islands Hospital Atrium. Screenings include blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, height and weight measurements, and urine tests for hypertension and high glucose levels. All members of the public are invited.
Celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March, the 2020 World Kidney Day global theme is ‘Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care’. This year’s aim is to increase awareness of the importance of
kidney health and reduce the impact of kidney disease and its associated problems worldwide, the HSA said in a statement.
“Persons with diabetes, hypertension and a family history of kidney disease have a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease,” said Dr. Iheonunekwu Nelson, HSA internist/nephrologist, in the statement. “However, it is important for everyone to take a vested interest in their kidney health as chronic kidney disease affects 1 in 10 persons globally.”
He added, “The severity of chronic kidney disease varies from patient to patient; however, this is an incurable disease and can lead to lifelong dialysis. Locally,
we have the resources to provide early detection, treatment and management.
“We currently provide hemodialysis to 67 patients in our Dialysis Unit and in 2018 we had a crude mortality of 9 percent. Our dialysis unit caters to all local dialysis patients and visitors with 11 beds operating six day per week.”
Screening acts as a primary prevention measure and offers those who believe they are at risk of kidney-related illnesses the opportunity to learn more about preventive behaviours. Attendees will be able to speak to a variety of clinicians, including nurses, a physician and dietitian.
On Thursday evening, a presentation on preventing chronic kidney disease by HSA internist Dr. Raymonde Rohan-Moving will take place from 5-6pm in the Hibiscus Conference Room at the Cayman Islands Hospital. The presentation is open to the public and will offer continuing medical education credits to medical professionals who attend.