Tuesday, 12 March 2019

World Kidney Day to be Celebrated at PGIMER

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Chandigarh 12th Mar, 2019:- The Department of Nephrology at PGIMER, Chandigarh is celebrating the World Kidney Day, a global event to raise awareness about kidney disease and its risk factors. It is celebrated on second Thursday of March every year. The theme for 2019 is 'Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere', a theme which proposes to have universal health coverage of kidney diseases. 

850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year and is now the 6th fastest growing cause of death. The theme highlights the growing burden of kidney disease and kidney health disparity and inequity worldwide. Chronic Kidney Disease is likely to be the 5th leading cause of Years of Life Lost by 2040. To tackle this issue, the Nephrology community plans to undertake several advocacy activities. The Department liaisons with the relevant stakeholders or indirectly through informal and formal professional networks.  On the occasion of WKD, the Department is organising to screening camp and multimedia awareness activities.  

A screening camp for screening of individuals for presence of kidney disease and its risk factors will be held in the New OPD complex on Ground Floor in the Physiotherapy section. An integrated approach with presence of doctors, dietician and lab personnel for doing tests under same roof for convenience of patients will be used. Last year's camp was also a great success with >700 patients/subjects coming voluntarily to attend it. This year the Department is also organising a voluntary blood donation camp.

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