DOHA: Marking World Kidney Day, Al Khor Hospital conducted a health camp and awareness campaign from March 6 to 10, for the benefit of patients, visitors and medical staff. The activities included free check up of blood sugar and blood pressure. The visitors were also informed about their Body Mass Index (BMI) and were asked to follow up with their doctors in case they were suspected to have been suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD).
“The theme of the World Kidney Day this year is “Protect Your Kidneys and Save Your Heart” and is aimed at highlighting the important role played by kidney in discharging harm full toxins from the body. So the blood sugar and blood pressure levels can point out whether a person is at risk of getting any kidney disease. Also people with kidney disease are more prone to getting heart attacks,” said Dr Mohammed Amin Elesnawi, Nephrologist and Chief Coordinator for World Kidney Day Awareness Program at Al Khor hospital.
According to Dr Mohammed Amin, the focus of this year’s World Kidney Day awareness campaign is to encourage preventive behaviour in people. It is also aimed to educate all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of chronic kidney disease, particularly in high risk populations.
As part of the campaign, visitors to the health camp were informed about the seven golden rules of keeping the kidney disease free. The tips included emphasis on regular exercise, control of blood sugar, monitoring blood pressure, eating healthy food, no smoking, avoiding over the counter pills and medications and finally checking the kidney functions for high urine albumin and other toxins.
Al Khor hospital as part of its specialized services for patients with CKD, presently offers a well equipped haemodialysis unit and a peritoneal dialysis programme managed and run by trained nephrologists and allied medical staff.
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