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WORLD KIDNEY DAY awareness program on March 12th 2015

World Kidney Day March 12th 2015, with the theme, "Health for all"is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and rigour at Vijayganga Speciality care(VGSC), Kidney4life today. Day started with the patient support group members and staff of VGSC, distributing education materials and offering a glass of water, to remind people about the importance of kidney, at the Eliots, Marina beach and at Nageswara Rao park. Leaflets informing them about an educational program between 3pm and 6pm at VGSC, were given out. Educational program started at VGSC from 1pm onwards. Continuous flow of people coming in were received and directed to 6 stations assigned for HT/WT/BMI, blood test area, kidney, diabetes, hypertension and conference room for further learning. Untill 4.30 pm free labs as blood sugar, urea, creatinine and urine routine were done. At each station, patient support group and students of Train4life received patients and gave them the basic information on Hypertension, Diabetes, kidney diseases and their prevention, with the help of audio visual aids. They answered questions to clarify myths and delivered a message that, all the three Diabetes, Hypertension and Kidney Diseases are silent conditions causing major damage when left unidentified and untreated. Although very common, proper treatment can avoid the kidney damage and if already affected can delay dialysis and avoid premature cardiac deaths. From 4.30 to 5.30 pm, Dr Nallaperumal, Diabetologist and Dr Sarita, Hypertension and Kidney specialist, interacted with patients answering their questions and helping them understand the basic principles of treatment and the need for the patients involvement in their own care. Towards the end, all patients left with information on the "8 golden rules to protect their kidneys" and "Rules to prevent kidney disease progression". Interactive session ended with the doctors requesting the patients to get health education and become partners in their own health care, as nothing other than education can save the health of the Nation. Patient support group of VGSC celebrated their one year anniversary, since its inception. Mr Govindraj, president Exnora of Greater Chennai congratulated the efforts of VGSC family in their attempts to provide general public health education. His support and words of encouragement were greatly appreciated by all.

Drink water and protect kidneys camp
interacting with public at park
kiosk at Park
awareness creating
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