The Medical Services Department within the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) wishes to inform the public of a new campaign on “Kidney Health” to heighten awareness about renal failure also known as kidney failure within the Virgin Islands.
Dr. June Samuel, Chief of Medical Staff (Director of Medical Services) stated that, “We at the BVIHSA are seeing more and more new cases of renal failure and I am concerned that persons are not informed about how they can protect themselves and their families”.
She added, “Not many persons in the Virgin Islands are aware that, high blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of renal failure and we are embarking on providing tips and strategies to the community to help them control the areas of their lives they can control and get help in the areas they cannot control.”
Renal failure is a medical condition in which the kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood. When renal failure reaches irreversible stages patients will need a kidney transplant or must be placed on dialysis treatment for the rest of their lives. The BVIHSA currently have 42 patients on dialysis ranging from in the 20’s – 70’s, which is a serious concern, expressed Dr. Samuel.
The “Kidney Health” campaign will be ongoing and medical professionals within the BVIHSA will hold television and radio interviews, community outreach sessions, school and church visits and distribute print and electronic information to educate and inform persons of the ways in which they can protect their kidneys. Particular attention will be made to the following 4 key areas; preventing kidney disease, recognising kidney disease, living with kidney disease and managing kidney disease.
The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority is committed to providing services to the residents and visitors that will improve their health and wellbeing.