The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services joins the rest of the world in observing World Kidney Day on the 14th of March under the theme “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a public health problem worldwide with kidney failure and premature death being the main adverse outcomes. 850 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. Chronic kidney diseases (CKD) cause at least 2.4 million deaths per year and are now the 6th fastest growing cause of death. Locally there are over 100 persons living with chronic kidney disease stage 3 with 49 persons currently on dialysis.
We encourage everyone to get moving! Let us all take action. Keeping fit reduces high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other non-communicable diseases, two of which are the leading causes of kidney disease. Go for a walk, swim, run, go play your favorite sport, walk the dog or take the stairs.
Take a picture of yourself in action! Share it on your social media accounts with the hashtag #move4kidneys. You can also share it on our Health Promotion Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/tcihealthpromotions
Mrs. Aldora Robinson Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit stated that; “Let us choose to exercise, choose to drink more water and less sugary drinks, choose to eat less processed foods choose to have health checks regularly. Let us as a nation be healthier by choice.”
The Honourable Minister of Health, Agriculture, sports and Human Services, Edwin Astwood voiced his concern that there has been an increase in the number of dialysis patients and we must act. Hon. Astwood further stated; “There are many reasons why there is an increase of persons being diagnosed with kidney disease. We have greater levels of obesity, increased numbers of diabetics requiring dialysis and this of great concern. We must change our behaviour and live healthier lives.”
Blood pressure, weight and urinary tests get yours done today! It is important to check yourself. During this week the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services encourage persons to “Get Checked”. Visit the clinic nearest you or your private doctor. Early detection is best. Known diabetic and hypertensive persons need to take extra care ensuring that they take their medications, exercise, eat a healthy diet and have regular check-ups.
Our kidneys are complicated yet amazing organs that do many essential tasks to keep us healthy. The main job of your kidneys is to remove toxins and excess water from your blood. Kidneys also help to control your blood pressure, to produce red blood cells and to keep your bones healthy.
The road ahead to raising awareness about the dangers of kidney disease is long but, let us work together to make the Turks and Caicos healthier and empowered. Remember “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”
For more information, contact the health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772.