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Jaipur celebrates World Kidney Day
In Jaipur, various hospitals, medical colleges and health practitioners celebrated the World Kidney Day on March 8. It was highlighted that in Rajasthan, the spread of kidney diseases was becoming rampant, more so the cases of stones in the kidney.

The reasons attributed to this situation were, the climate of the state, fast life style and eating habits in the technological age. People were advised to look for the symptoms of the disease such as persistent body pain, heaviness in arms, fever, blood in urine, etc., and take immediate medical advice so as not to allow the disease become chronic.

It was told that Kidney disease was a silent epidemic and it could become chronic due to the gap between disease care and prevention. The main preventive advice was that of controlling blood pressure; blood sugar levels; maintenance of a healthy weight and quitting alcohol and smoking. The most important is to get tested because early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease and make it chronic.

World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign celebrated on the second Thursday of March each year that is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys and advocacy about preventive behaviours by mitigating risk factors. Since this year it coincides with the International Women's Day, it is being celebrated with the theme "Kidneys & Women's Health: Include, Value, Empower".

"On this occasion, World Kidney Day and the International Women's Day 2018 are commemorated on the same day, offering us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of women's health and specifically their kidney health. On its 13th anniversary, World Kidney Day promotes affordable and equitable access to health education, healthcare and prevention for kidney diseases for all women and girls in the world," stated the coordinators of the observance on their website worldkidneyday.org.

The coordinators of the worldwide campaign list the following objectives of the observance:

  • Raising awareness about our "amazing kidneys"
  • Highlighting that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
  • Encouraging systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD.
  • Promoting preventive behaviours.
  • Educating all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations.
  • Stressing the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic. On World Kidney Day all governments are encouraged to take action and invest in further kidney screening.
Advising transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure, and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative.

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