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World Kidney Day to be celebrated this week

Bermuda will join with nations around the world to mark World Kidney Day by increasing awareness of organ donation this week.

The Department of Health, the Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Bermuda Organ and Tissue Donor Association, will hold several activities to promote kidney awareness.

Throughout the week, the public will be able to hear informative interviews on the radio and possibly win prizes by answering trivia questions.

The BHB will have a lobby display and information booth about kidney disease, with nurses from the dialysis unit available to discuss prevention and treatment.

On Wednesday, the Bermuda Organ and Tissue Donor Association will be at the Butterfield Bank on Reid Street from 11am to 3pm to answer questions about organ donation, and provide blood pressure and glucose checks.

Lynette Thomas, medical director for the King Edward VII Memorial Dialysis Unit, said: “Unfortunately, Bermudians are disproportionately affected by renal disease.

“Our goal is to detect renal disease and offer appropriate therapy before patients reach end-stage renal disease.”

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Published March 05, 2012 at 8:55 am (Updated March 05, 2012 at 8:55 am)

World Kidney Day to be celebrated this week

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