In connection with World Kidney Day, Baby Memorial Hospital conducted a Kidney Disease Screening Camp and awareness seminar on Saturday 11th March 2017. More than 150 people participated in this camp and availed free investigations such as Urine Microalbumin, Total Cholestrol, Random Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure and BMI. A team of nephrologists comprising of Dr. Sunil George, Dr. Jayameena and Dr. Baby Joseph headed by Prof. Thomas Mathew provided free consultation to patients.
Speaking at the awareness class Kerala’s first practicing nephrologist Prof. Thomas Mathew quoted saying “Kidney disease usually progresses silently, unlike many diseases; kidney disease often has no symptoms and destroys most of the kidney function before causing any symptoms. It is important to identify kidney disease early as the damage in the kidneys tends to be permanent and can't be reversed.” “One in every 10 adults in India suffers from chronic kidney disease (CKD), and at any given point, nearly five lakh patients are in need of life-long dialysis or transplant, these numbers are rising day-by-day” reckoned Dr. Sunil George.
Speaking at the event Dr. Jayameena quoted saying “Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of kidney disease, in obese individuals, the kidneys have to work harder, filtering more blood than normal to meet the metabolic demands of the excess body weight. This leads to Chronic Kidney Disease in the long-term.”
A poster presentation by students of Baby Memorial College of Nursing and demonstration of dialysis by Baby Memorial College of Allied Sciences were the highlights of World Kidney Day events at BMH.