Several organisations, including clubs associated with medical institutions, organised various programmes in the city to mark World Kidney Day on Thursday.

The Calicut Nephrology Club organised a discussion for doctors on kidney transplantation at the Indian Medical Association (IMA) hall here.

A motorcycle rally starting from the Government General Hospital premises on the beach was also organised on the occasion. This was to create awareness among the public on kidney transplants.

The theme for this year's world Kidney Day was “Donate Kidney, Save Life,” said M. Sreelatha, president of the Calicut Nephrology Club and Head of the Department of Nephrology at Kozhikode Government Medical College.

The department organised a free renal disease detection camp at Kondotty here last week. Those detected with the disease were offered treatment at the out-patient wing of department.

The Calicut Nephrology Club also organised a Continuing Medical Education programme on nephrology at the medical college.

The medical college had pioneered the kidney transplantation in the State. More than 1,000 patients have availed the transplantation facilities and 95 per cent of them lead a normal life today.

Officials said the medical college had also the distinction of conducting the first cadaver (brain-dead patient) transplant in north Kerala.