For the year 2010, almost 14,000 Filipinos suffer from end-stage renal disease and are undergoing dialysis. Unfortunately, kidney disease often cannot be cured, but fortunately, it can be prevented. Early detection and prevention of kidney failure is vital, as is the need to ensure that acute cases avoid, if possible, the progression to Chronic Kidney Disease. Prevention and early management, although very extensive can achieve significant benefits for the public. This has generally become a responsibility for the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.
Through the years, the NKTI has reached out to various sectors nationwide and continuously disseminated health information, provided medical services, shared expertise and rendered assistance to better prevent and treat various kidney ailments. Although these measures usually take years of continued reinforcement before the effect becomes evident, the NKTI is encouraged to place these efforts into the clinical and public domain. Every opportunity is seized, every chance is taken.
Every June of each year is deemed to be an opportune time to fulfill this endeavor as the NKTI leads the whole nation in celebrating The National Kidney Month, Organ Donation Awareness Month and Prostate Health Month. With this year’s theme “Ikaw At Ako Panalo sa Malusog na Bato”, the celebration will focus on the different services for renal and other related diseases and how it can be at par with international standards. Certain activities have been lined-up to highlight the celebration, which will be done in various parts of the country with multi-sectoral involvement.
The nationwide celebration for the whole month of June is made possible by the coordination and collaboration of committed partners in the promotion of health care. Among those who have been the Institution’s advocates are the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP), Philippine Urological Association (PUA), Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN), Transplant Society of the Philippines (TSP), Kidney Foundation of the Philippines (KFP) and various pharmaceutical companies.
In line with the celebration, the organizing committee, headed by Dr. Violeta M. Valderrama, has prepared a number of activities that include: 1) Alay Lakad participated by different DOH Hospitals 2) An Exhibit at the Quezon City Hall and SM City Fairview which will showcase the different services of the Institute 3) 16th Batong Bulilit Art and Essay Writing Contest (artworks of pediatric patients afflicted with kidney disease) 4) Community Outreach services in Quezon City Hall And SM City Fairview 5) Kidney Check - Free CBC, Cholesterol, Creatinine, FBS, Urinalysis, Blood Pressure Determination and Medical Consultation (for the first 100 patients only) 6) Free Digital Rectal Exam and Free Prostate Specific Antigen (for the first 100 patients only) 7) Hospital Wide Conference “Renal Diet and Nutrition Lecture” 8) Maria Corazon Torres Javier (MCTJ) Foundation-sponsored kidney transplant for an indigent patient 9) Out Patient Services Health Teachings: Promotion of Kidney Health, Prevention Kidney Diseases, Medical Nutritional Management for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients 10) Annual Nursing Summit: Diabetes Management in CKD 11) Lay Forum and Medical Mission in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao Medical Center 12) Peritoneal Dialysis Workshop: PD First Option to CKD 13) Tribute to Donors and Launching of Kidney Transplant Association of the Philippines (KITAP) Idol 2 14) Promoting the NKTI Institutional Video, Radio, and TV Plug on Organ Donation 15) Employees Program (Palarong Pinoy ng Pamilyang NKTI, Recognition of NKTI employees and friends).
The NKTI wishes to invite everyone to visit its facilities and join in the celebration of the National Kidney Month. For more information, you may contact Ms. Catherine Ann G. Acayan and Ms. Emelyn J. Andres, Public Information Office, NKTI, at telephone nos. 928-0355 or 981-0300 & 981-0400 local 1008/1014 or visit www.nkti.gov.ph E-mail add: firstname.lastname@example.org.