World Kidney Day event at Mombasa hospital
Mombasa Hospital on Thursday organized a medical camp to raise awareness on kidney disease to mark the World Kidney Day.
Administrative Director of the Hospital, Abass Nasser said ‘Health well-being advice and blood pressure checks were being conducted to all and sundry for free’ he said. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Kidney Disease and Obesity’.
Dr. Esther Getambu vice chair of the Kenya Renal Association says people with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and overweight, have a greater risk of developing kidney disease.
“Changes in lifestyles such as taking exercise and having a healthy diet can however, make a positive difference,” she told journalists at the hospital.
She said obesity, hypertension and diabetes are ‘potent risk factors for the development of kidney disease”.
“So if you have blood pressure, diabetic, overweight and have symptoms of swollen legs and face and frequently feel tired please check up for kidney disease’ she advised.
Dr. Getambu who is a kidney and hypertension specialist at Mombasa Hospital and the Coast General Hospital noted that education and awareness of the risk of obesity and healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and exercise can help in preventing obesity and kidney disease.
She lauded the sh. 38 billion health project funded by national government to equip county government hospitals with modern state-of-the-art facilities to make healthcare accessible to all Kenyans.
“It is through this project rolled out in 2015 that has brought dialysis machines that are up and running in the 47 devolved units and people with kidney failures are now able to receive the much needed help at their doorstep’ she said.
Nelson Atinga who is coordinating the medical camp noted that this year’s World Kidney Day seeks to promote education and awareness about the correlation between obesity and kidney disease.
By Sammy Otieno/Hussein Abdullahi