This free kidney screening event at the school, which started yesterday and will continue today, has been organised by AMSA Renal Care, a specialised centre with a strong focus on haemodialysis, to commemorate World Kidney Day (WKD) in Seychelles.
WKD, which is celebrated every second Thursday in March, is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
This year’s theme is focused on ‘Kidney disease & children: Act Early to prevent it’, which reminds us the importance of early kidney screening to avoid the risk for kidney disease and early access to treatment.
With 10% of the population worldwide having some form of kidney damage, there is a long road ahead to raise awareness about the danger of kidney disease.
The head teacher of Bel Eau primary school, Susan Charles, stated that such programme from AMSA Renal Care will enable the children to have a better health in the future.
“It is a privilege that our school was chosen by the AMSA Renal Care from Dubai. They decided to do the free kidney screening to mark WKD that is celebrated every second Thursday in March. When I was contacted for that special event I was very proud, because nowadays we have so many unhealthy food and drinks that are being sold and that can cause kidney diseases in our children,” she said.
She added that at the school they always try to control the items that are sold in the tuck shop to make sure that the children are eating healthy snacks.
The consultant nephrologist at AMSA Renal Care, Dr Mahesh Kumar, noted that the screening they are doing at the school involves basic things such as urine test, blood pressure monitoring to see if the children have any problems.
He added that if after they have received the results and discover that some of the children have kidney diseases, they will follow them up.
“Kidney diseases are silent killers; they do not present any symptom, so that is why screening is very important at a very young age. Our main target is the less than ten-year-olds because they cannot directly express themselves,” he noted.
AMSA Renal Care has been successfully doing dialysis in Seychelles from the past 11 months and other parts of the world for the past two years, and since then it has treated patients from over 27 countries and done over 5000 dialysis worldwide. AMSA Renal Care has an impeccable record of zero mortality and zero infection till date.
Kidney disease can affect children in various ways, ranging from treatable disorders without long-term consequences to life threatening conditions.
Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple urine test can tell you if you have kidney disease. Remember, it is important to get tested because early detection and treatment can slow down or prevent the progression of kidney disease.
It is also good to point out that in Seychelles more than 130 patients are currently undergoing regular dialysis on Mahé and Praslin.