Kidney disease awareness goes mobile

Tamilnad Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation has launched a mobile ambulance unit for kidney disease awareness and prevention programme. The unit will be equipped with ultrasound and auto analyser and will go around the State, screening the population for kidney disease. It is expected to be operational by World Kidney Day, which will be observed on March 8. The ambulance for the unit, built by Ashok Leyland, was donated by its vice chairman V. Sumantran on the occasion of his father S.G. Venkataramani's 80th birthday on Saturday.

TANKER's founder trustee Georgi Abraham said with the support of Madras Medical College (MMC) and the Madras Medical Mission, the Foundation planned to reduce the disease burden. The increasing rate of organ failure due to high prevalence of diabetes and hypertension was highlighted on the occasion. Dialysis as a replacement therapy was accessible only to about five per cent of those in need, making prevention of kidney failure a top priority.

A message from Dr. Dimitrios G. Oreopoulos, physician-scientist specialising in nephrology in Toronto, Canada, read out on the occasion by Dr. Abraham underlined the importance of control of salt in diet, as a public intervention.  ......Read More


Source: The Hindu

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