By Alexis R. Milan
The Kidney Association of Belize organized and held its fourth annual health fair today to promote kidney and health awareness. This came with support from other organizations that promote similar causes.
President of the Kidney Association of Belize, Ruby Nicholas told The Reporter that it’s very important for people to know their health status. The purpose of the fair, she added, is to provide people with an opportunity to get the necessary information.
Nicholas added that all tests taken at the fair will be sent to the Belize Central Laboratory. People were tested free of cost for glucose levels, kidney function, and HIV/AIDS. She explained that patients who are diagnosed with borderline kidney issues are advised on how to maintain a proper diet and to drink as much water as possible. Patients who are at potential risk for kidney failure are referred to a doctor for further treatment free of cost.
Common symptoms for kidney problems include frequent urination, a
metallic taste in the mouth, and fatigue.
The other organizations that provided their services at the fair included the Belize Diabetes Association, the Nurses Association, the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired, and the National AIDS Unit.


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