Mangaluru: AJ Hospital and Research Centre in association with Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation organized a awareness programme on Kidney Disease and Children, to mark “World Kidney Day” at AJ Hospital conference hall, on Thursday, March 10.
Dr SP Shenoy, Consultant Urologist, AJ Hopsital and Research Centre, in his inaugural address said that the World Kidney Day team believes in spreading awareness in the general public about kidney diseases. “It is important to inform parents, caregivers, young patients, policy makers and the general public of the importance of identifying and treating childhood kidney diseases.”
“We need to build healthier future generations and must make good use of the programme here” he said.
Dr Prashanth Marla, Medical Director and Consultant Urologist, AJ Hopspital and Research Centre, spoke on “Cadaveric Organ Donation – Need of the Hour”. He said that there were a 160 people per million who suffer from end stage kidney failure. Transplantation would be the best option for such patients.
Dr Preetham Sharma Consultant Urologist, AJ Hopspital and Research Centre, gave a detailed explanation about Cadaveric Organ Donation. He informed the gathering that Cadaveric Organ Donation comprised, organ and tissue donation from brain dead and heart dead people.
“Experts say that the organs from one donor can save as many as 8 lives. Organ donation is fast developing into a major treatment protocol,” he said.
Patricia Viego, Senior Transplant Coordinator, ZCCK, Bangalore, spoke on the “Role of ZCCK in Organ Donation.” She said that ZCCK is trying hard in setting up a system in organ sharing. Applying organ allocation criteria, providing a system by which immunologically sensitized patients are offered best possible opportunities, minimizing wastage of organs, assuring quality control by collection, analysing & publications of data on organ donation, procurement & transplantation, increasing public awareness, and facilitating the availability of organ donors by conduction awareness programs, events and workshops.
Dr Raghavendra Nayak, Consultant Nephrologist, AJ Hopspital and Research Centre, gave a talk on “Renal Transplant Work up Plan.” He said that a successful kidney transplant enhances the duration for a life rather than long term dialysis therapy for patients.
“A complete cardiac workup, including angiography, is not necessary in every transplant candidate, but patients with a significant history, symptoms, type 1 diabetes, or hypertensive renal disease should undergo a thorough evaluation to rule out significant coronary artery disease,” he added.
In the slogan writing contest held to mark, “World Kidney Day, Rahul D Pawaskar (III MBBS at AJHRC) won the first place, while Bealah Kiziah (Diploma in Dialysis- III Year student-AJHRC) bagged the second place- both were presented with their prizes by Dr P Marla.
Dr Amita Marla, Director, AJHRC and Lidwin D’Souza, Marketing Executive, AJHRC were present.
Mrs Leelavathi Hegde, Dialysis Unit In-Charge, proposed the vote of thanks.
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