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NKTI celebrates 25 years of saving lives by honoring partners in service

Tacloban City (November 24) -- In connection with the 25th Anniversary celebration of the National Kidney Institute, the Renal Disease Control Program conducted a National REDCOP Forum on November 19 at the Manila Pavillon with the key players and partners of the program were given recognition.

NKTI Executive Director Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Dr. Aileen R. Javier, Deputy Director for Medical Services and Dr. Remedios Uriarte, REDCOP Program Manager, led in presenting citations to the Best Program Implementers.

Cited at First Placers and Best Program Implementers are the Local Government Units of La Union; City of Tarlac; Sta. Rosa City; Marinduque; Camarines Norte; Victoria City; Tagbilaran City; Calbayog City; Gingoog City; Davao del Sur; Cotabato City; Bislig City; and Abra.

Second Placers are the Local Government Units of San Fernando, La Union;Batangas; Cavite;Pampanga; Oriental Mindoro; Leagaspi City; Silay City; Bayawan City; Ormoc City; Oroquieta City; General Santos City; Surigao City and Ifugao.

Third Placers in Program Implementation are the Local Government Units of Candon City; Laguna and Aurora.

Calbayog City, Guingoog City and the Province of La Union gave a video presentation on the implementation of the Renal Disease Control program in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

NKTI also cited its partners from the Department of Health Center for Health Development and the Philippine Information Agency, in the various regions of the country.

In presenting the citations, Dr. Ona and Dr. Uriarte acknowledged that in order to sustain NKTI's advocacy to continuously promote health and kidney disease prevention, it needs the support of the Department of Health, the Centers for Health Development, the Philippine Information Agency, the Local Government Units and other government and non-government organizations.

Medical records show that the top three causes of kidney disorders are diabetes mellitus, chronic glomerulonephritis, and hypertension. As a measure of prevention, the people are advised to observe proper diet, and have regular exercise to maintain a normal blood pressure to avoid hypertension.

Medical reports also have it that inadequate supply of water and other liquids in the body, excessive intake of protein and calcium rich foods, exposure to chemicals, prolonged use of excessive drugs, and ignoring the urge to urinate can cause kidney disease.

Dr. Remedios de Belen-Uriarte, REDCOP National Program Manager said that originally, the program was initiated by the Department of Health under the name "Prevention Nephrology" and eventually changed to REDCOP.

REDCOP started as the Preventive Nephrology Project of the DOH, in June 1994, with the NKTI as the main implementing agency.

REDCOP formulates Instructional Materials on the prevention of kidney diseases which were incorporated in the education curricula of the elementary and high school levels of the Department of Education, and coordinates with the different civic organizations for resource assistance.

Likewise, it provides technical assistance to regional laboratories; and also assists students, professionals and various agencies, both private and government in researches and surveys. REDCOP strongly supports the activities of NKTI especially those that build-up and promote the Institute's image on quality services. As the Institute's major specialty program on renal diseases, it has developed its Quality Manual and Operating Procedures.

This component of REDCOP aims to insure the efficient implementation and reliability of results of the component projects of the Program. It includes activities such as monitoring and assessment of all component activities and projects, supervisory visits, to insure the effective implementation of protocols, especially the research components. (PIA-8) [top]

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