Hotel Alejandro Tacloban – NKTI Promotes Urinalysis Cheap Kidney Function Evaluation

24 Aug

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 28 (PIA) – A one-day seminar on urinalysis as a basic tool to detect kidney dysfunction is set to be conducted in Tacloban City on July 28, 2011.

Dubbed as ‘Urinalysis: Maximizing the Use of a Basic Tool for Diagnosis and Prevention of Kidney Diseases,’ the activity slated to be held at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City, is an undertaking of the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) in collaboration with the Department of Health and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) amid the identification of kidney disease as among the top 10 leading causes of mortality among Filipinos.

Around 100 provincial, city and municipal health officers from the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran and Samar are expected to attend the seminar that is aimed at enhancing the physicians’ capability of evaluating kidney function through urinalysis.

No less than Dr. Antonio Paraiso, the program manager of REDCOP is expected to lecture on the Urinalysis and the 10 clinical Syndromes in Nephrology.

Dr. Paraiso will be joined by Dr. Joyce Rosario Matoza, Adult Nephrology consultant who will lecture on the basic anatomy of Urinalysis; and Dr. Avito Salinas, who will talk on the approach to the diagnosis of kidney diseases: the 10 Renal Syndrome.

On hand to give their inspirational messages are Department of Health Region 8 Director Edgardo Gonzaga and PIA 8 Director Olive P. Tiu.

As kidney disease has been identified as the seventh leading cause of deaths in the country, the NKTI under its Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) and in partnership with the PIA is leading a nationwide education campaign to identified stakeholders such as physicians, health professionals, local executives and ordinary folks through trainors’ training, workshops, fora and media conferences.

People with kidney disease especially those with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) undergo dialysis to prolong their lives while every year, 12,000 Filipinos with ESRD need such treatments which are expensive spending an average cost of P4,000 per month. Those without money to pay for dialysis eventually die, according to the REDCOP project brief.

Kidneys are responsible for removing wastes products from metabolism such as urea, uric acid and creatinine by producing and secreting urine. The kidneys also help maintain homeostasis by regulating acid-base balance or the concentration and volume of fluids.

Kidney transplant on the other hand, is very costly as transplanted patients spend P800, 000 to P1.2M and require lifetime drug maintenance with an average cost of P20-30,000 a month, this was learned.

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute-Renal Disease Control Program (NKTI-REDCOP) is a national program that aims to reduce the rising number of kidney diseases in the country.

For more than a decade, the NKTI and PIA have been working closely in bringing REDCOP to institutions, campuses and homes to help the public understand and prevent kidney diseases.

Because of the successful partnership between the NKTI and PIA which has made a huge impact on the promotion of REDCOP, the program was hailed as the Outstanding Public Information Tool in Print Category during the 13th Gawad Oscar M. Florendo.

The REDCOP was also heralded as the 2010 Outstanding Health Research Award (OHRA) by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Department of Health because of the impact of the research which lead to the improvement of the lives of patient with ESDR. The award was given during the Department of Science and Technology-National Science and Technology Week last year.

For the Tacloban event, the PIA is helping the NKTI promote urinalysis as an inexpensive method of evaluating kidney function. Such similar activity already started in Central Luzon, Region 6 and intends to cover the whole country. (PIA 8)

To read more about the events happening in Tacloban Hotels, please visit Hotels Tacloban.

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