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Surigao Norte joins nationwide celebration of Kidney Month

The entire province of Surigao del Norte joins with the rest of the provinces all over the country in celebrating June as National Kidney Month.

Carrying the theme, "25 Taong Pangunguna sa Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Bato ng Sambayanang Pilipino," this year's celebration aims to increase public awareness on the importance and care of the kidneys and the prevention and control of kidney ailments.

The celebration kicked-off with a motorcade Wednesday morning, June 4, spearheaded by the Provincial Health Team in coordination with the Renal Diseases Control Program (REDCOP) Coalition Members that include Phil. Nurses Association, PAMET, ROTARACT Club of Metro Surigao, PIA, DEPED City and Surigao del Norte Divisions, PACEMCO, City Health Office, Prov'l Health Office, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Placer Rural Health Center.

PHT Team Leader and current REDCOP Chairperson, Mr. Erwin Pingal bared that various activities have been lined up to highlight the month-long observance.

Among these are the conduct of information and education campaign related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, Hataw Exercise, and screening services that include urinalysis and tests on blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure on June 13 at San Francisco, Surigao del Norte.

As part of kidney awareness campaign, Pingal also advises each and everyone to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day and to drink fruit juices.

Kidney diseases rank as the 10th leading cause of death in the country. Last year, data from the REDCOP revealed that almost 7, 109 Filipinos suffer from End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and are undergoing dialysis. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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