Kidney Awareness Community Workshop, 30 November 2017

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been estimated to affect as much as 15% of the South African population. According to the National Kidney Foundation of South Africa, it also represents a growing healthcare problem with some 20 000 new patients requiring diagnosis and treatment every year in South Africa.

As part of their community outreach initiatives Busamed Gateway Private Hospital hosted a successful kidney-screening and awareness day on 30 November 2017. Dr J. Moodley, Specialist Physician and Nephrologist, addressed the issue of Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease while Jean Ernest, Dietician provided healthy eating guidelines for kidney disease. Free kidney-screening, blood pressure and glucose tests were be available to the 100 people who attend the talks. Joelene Ranjit, says that a number of people were found to have abnormal test results and were referred to their family doctors for further investigations. “By preventing or detecting kidney problems early on we can save a significant number of lives,” she concluded.

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