CHARLESTOWN, Nevis - HEALTH officials on Nevis are seeing an increase in the number of people seeking treatment for end stage Kidney Disease at health facilities around the island; a concerning area for the Ministry of Health.
This was revealed by Junior Minister of Health within the Nevis Island Administration, Hazel Brandy-Williams in her address to recognise today, March 10, as World Kidney Day under the theme “Kidney Health for All.”.
“Here on Nevis we continue to see more and more of our people presenting with end stage kidney disease. As a consequence of this, the Ministry of Health is presently assisting a number persons ranging from age 33 to 74 years with dialysis treatment,” she disclosed.
This is part of a bigger problem facing the Federation in the area of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases, which has been plaguing health officials for a number of years.
“We continue to educate persons that a simple way of identifying and preventing potential health problems is through screening. Chronic kidney disease can be treated. With early diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to slow or stop the progression of kidney disease. We encourage you to get your kidneys checked if you have one or more of the following high risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity or a family history of kidney disease. The earlier you know you have it, the better your chances of receiving effective treatment to combat high morbidity and mortality rates,” she urged.
As activities continue around the world to recognise the day, it is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of the kidney to the overall health and to reduce the frequency of its impact of kidney disease.
This year’s campaign focuses on bridging the knowledge gaps to improve kidney health through increased education and awareness.
Minister Brandy-Williams recommended engaging in 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity a day combined with a healthy diet, and drinking lots of water to help one to improve or maintain his/her kidney health.
The Ministry of Health and Gender Affairs has partnered with the Nevis Renal Society to host educational sessions and screening activities over the years.