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NKTI conducts kidney disease awareness monitoring in Zamboanga

Zamboanga City (3 October) -- The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) visited Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Sibugay on September 26 to 28 to conduct monitoring on the level of awareness on Kidney related diseases in the area.

The monitoring was conducted to test the depth of awareness of school children, teachers, health workers like nurses, midwives, medical technologists from the City Health Office, Municipal Health Office and the Provincial Health Office, and the Barangay Health workers (BHWs), on kidney disease and its preventive measures.

School children (grades 1 to 6) of the Sta Maria Central Elem. School and Pasonanca Elem. School together with some teachers were personally interviewed by the NKTI monitoring team and the awareness level was fairly overwhelming.

Some nurses, midwives and medtech from the city health office were also interviewed for the purpose.

It can be recalled the NKTI together with the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) conducted in 2005 a trainers training on the Prevention of Kidney Disease held at Dakak Park and Beach Resort, Dapitan City. The training was participated in by doctors-nephrologists, nurses and health promotion officers from all over region 9.

The participants to the training were expected to reecho what they have learned in the training and to train other health workers and health promotion officers down to the barangay level so as to deliver the message and awareness of the horror of kidney disease and its preventive measures up to the grassroots' level.

The national monitoring team headed by NKTI Program Manager Dr. Remedios de Belen Uriarte, Dr. Reynaldo Lesaca and Mr. Angel Katindig of PIA central office together with the regional monitoring team composed of DOH 9, DepEd 9 and PIA 9 visited Mayor Celso Lobregat and City Health Officer Dr. Rodelyn Agbulos to ask on the degree of advocacy done by the city government with regards to the prevention of kidney disease.

Mr. Agbulos admitted the advocacy campaign done here in the city was not that extensive although the city health office would like to do something about it.

The team also visited the Provincial and Municipal Health Offices of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Ipil Central School and conducted interviews with the school children, teachers, nurses, midwives, BHW as to the level of awareness on kidney disease.

NKTI reported that Kidney disease is the 10th leading cause of death in the Philippines causing death to about 7000 Filipinos every year.

Common diseases that affect the kidneys are recurrent infection like urinary tract, obstructions in the kidneys like kidney stones, inflammation of the glomeruli, hypertension, diabetes, some drugs, herbal medicines, solvents and insecticides and abnormalities in the urinary tract that are congenital or inborn.

NKTI encourages regular urinalysis as one way of preventing kidney disease and healthy lifestyle.

Act now, consult your doctor. Have your urine examined. (PIA) [top]

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