Awareness camps, free health check-up camps, launch of new projects, peritoneal dialysis apart from get-togethers and cultural programmes by patients on dialysis marked World Kidney Day in the city on Thursday.

The theme of this year's World Kidney Day was ‘Donate-Kidneys for Life-Receive'.

The Paediatric Nephrology department of St. John's Medical College Hospital organised a get-together of children who are on dialysis or had received transplants and their parents.

Cultural programme

The children, who shared their experiences post-transplantation, also staged a cultural programme. Kishore Phadke, Head of Department of Paediatric Nephrology, said the programme was aimed at sensitising society about kidney diseases in children and to instil a positive attitude. “The idea was to highlight the fact that children can lead a normal life and get back to the routine after transplantation,” he said.

Growing incidences

St. John's Hospital also organised a patient and caregivers' meet on the hospital premises to discuss in detail about the growing incidences of kidney ailments in India, its detection and management.

More than 100 patients and caregivers attended the programme, which was conceptualised by Gokulnath, professor and Head of the Department of Nephrology.

New project

A total dialysis care project aimed at rehabilitating patients on dialysis was launched at the Bangalore Kidney Foundation (BKF). The former cricketer Anil Kumble, who launched the project, presented an offer letter to a 52-year-old male patient for a job as coordinator at the foundation .

BKF director M.V.N. Raj said under the project, nearly 25 patients would be identified for rehabilitation. “They will be lured with incentives such as free dialysis and laboratory tests to get back to work. Once on dialysis, most of these patients stop working under the pretext of weakness, thereby becoming a burden on their families,” he said.

Manipal Hospitals observed the day by launching a campaign focussing on the positive outcome of kidney transplantation and the life-saving aspect of organ donation.

The campaign was inaugurated by Kannada film director Girish Kasaravalli in the presence of State Health Secretary E.V. Ramana Reddy and NIMHANS Director P. Satish Chandra.

Support group

BGS Global Hospitals launched a patient support group for transplant recipients, both kidney and liver.

The first support group meeting was organised on the hospital premises on Thursday.