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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Monday, August 08, 2011 – The number of young persons with kidney complications and kidney failure is increasing.   This is the information coming from health authorities, who have recently welcomed a new Renal Unit to the Saint Jude's Hospital in Vieux Fort.   In an attempt to draw the attention of young men in particular to this disease there will be a special screening for men in the south on Tuesday August 9th for Blood Pressure, Urine, Blood Sugar.


Chronic Kidney disease, also known as Chronic Renal disease, is a progressive loss in renal function over a period of months or years. Often Kidney disease is diagnosed as a result hypertension or diabetes. 


Monday August 8th marks the start of Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week.  The Ministry of Health has directed public attention to recent increases in the number of persons who are presenting themselves to health facilities with chronic non-communicable diseases.


The Theme for the week of activities is “Nephrology - Nurses Guiding You Through”.

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