Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day
09 Mar

A suggestion has been made that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital move to expand dialysis treatment capacity in the short term.

Chief Executive Officer, Dr Dexter James made the recommendation during a seminar marking World Kidney Day Thursday.

Admissions to the Renal Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are on the rise.

Dr James suggests there i's a need for a multidisciplinary team working with people newly diagnosed with kidney problems.

The Legacy Foundation after being made aware of the need for upgraded furniture at the dialysis unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has stepped in with a much needed donation.

The group, a philanthropic initiative of the members of Barbados Public Workers' Co-operative Credit Union Limited on this World Kidney Awareness day made a presentation of 10 dialysis chairs along with an ECG machine.

Chairman Maureen Graham says the decision to render assistance was an easy one.

The Legacy Foundation has also entered into a three year partnership with the Barbados Kidney Association in a bid to further develop public awareness and education about kidney diseases.

Chief executive of the QEH, Dr Dexter James says it has been proposed the hospital pursue an aggressive screening to identify patients at risk.

And with Thursday also being International Women's Day, focused was placed on the impact of kidney disease on women's health as the hospital hosted a seminar on the topic.

Director of nursing services, Henderson Pinder says worldwide trillions are being spent on kidney disease, which he says is preventable.

Despite encountering some hiccups with one of its major fund raisers, the Broadway to Barbados charitable trust is continuing to support the QEH.

Over the past five years, it has raised over two million dollars.

Chairman, Robert Bourque says that money has been committed to different departments at the hospital including the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Department.

He was speaking as CIBC First Caribbean Bank presented a cheque for the second portion of the one hundred thousand dollars it pledged to support the cause.

The bank's CEO, Gary Browne, says he is pleased to be associated with the venture.

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