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Apr 11, 2014

Kidney Association holds annual health fair

There was another event not far from our studios. The Kidney Association in Belize held its annual health fair at the Lion’s Club Parking Lot on Princess Margaret Drive. The fair creates awareness of the various symptoms and causes of kidney related diseases…many which are similar to that of other chronic diseases. Several health providers were also present providing quick tests for hypertension, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. President of the Kidney Association, Ruby Nicholas, says that like the other health organizations in the country, the kidney association is letting the public know that screening can save lives.

 

Ruby Nicholas, President, Kidney Association of Belize

Ruby Nicholas

“We have several of the providers here. We have the Diabetes Association; we have the nurses, the doctors; we also have BCVI, the AIDS clinic; HECOPAB and we also have the Kidney Association of Belize here. What we are doing at this present moment is asking the participants to come through; to know their health status. We are doing blood pressure testing, blood sugar testing; we are drawing blood to get their kidney function tests done and we are also doing HIV testing. We are recognizing the need because we have a lot of persons who are diabetics and hypertensive and we know that diabetes and hypertension are related to kidney disease. So we saw the need for the participants to be out here so that they can know their health status and know if their kidney functions are okay.  You make have that metallic taste in your mouth, frequent urination, fatigue and surprisingly some of the symptoms that you have may be similar to something else. So we have found out that people would dismiss their symptoms and feel like their kidneys are okay not know that they may be facing kidney failure. We will have participants who may just discover that they may be diabetic. So if their reading is high, we would advise them to go now, seek a doctor and start testing to see if they may be diabetic; same goes for people who are hypertensive. They may need to visit the doctor and do a regular visit with that doctor.”

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