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Kidney awareness activities are being highlighted this week from March 9th -15th with Thursday March 12th observed as World Kidney Day.

World Kidney Day aims to raise the awareness of the importance of kidneys to the overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems.

Among the activities being held to mark the observance is a visit to the children on the Pediatric ward at Victoria Hospital, by Sydney the Kidney mascot.

The character was developed to bring attention to kidney failure and renal disease and its complications as well as how it can be prevented

Consultant Nephrologists at the Victoria hospital, Dr. Merle Clarke,  noted that   public sensitization continues to be the main focus with the message being taken to various schools, business houses and the media.

A major health fair and screening is also planned for the Parking Lot of the Civil Service Credit Union. "There you will have an opportunity to have your blood sugar, blood pressure your urine tested also there will be dietary counseling, nurses to council you and I will be there as well." Clarke Said.

The major activity for Kidney Awareness Week is a "Celebrity Sports Day" at the Beausejour Indoor facility on Sunday March 15th from 10am.
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