An awareness programme on kidney health was organised by Woodland Hospital, Shillong today to observe World Kidney Day in Nongstoiñ.
The programme was held at the Market Complex in New Nongstoiñ which was attended by Consultant Nephrologist, Dr Indakiewlin Kharbuli as the chief guest.
Dr Kharbuli said the program is aimed to spread awareness of the importance of kidneys for overall health and how people can take preventive behaviours to avoid kidney disease.
Informing that kidney disease is labelled a “silent killer” due to its lack of physical symptoms, she said the severity of kidney diseases is categorised into five stages: stages I–IV can be cured by a complex treatment plan, while stage V requires dialysis or transplant.
Urging people to get their kidneys checked when they have symptoms of nausea, swelling of feet, chest pain and high blood pressure, she stressed on the importance of drinking up to two litres of water daily and maintaining a healthy diet of low red meat consumption and low sodium, besides avoiding smoking and alcohol.
A free medical check up was also held at the Woodland Hospital Blood Collection Center at dong Mawpun in New Nongstoiñ.
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