: A kit that seeks to aid detection of kidney diseases at home was launched here on Wednesday, on the eve of World Kidney Day.
Designed with technical support from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, it was distributed on a pilot basis to 1,000 persons, including 100 persons below the age of 20 some time ago.
Launching the kit, K. Jayaramakrishnan, Vice President, Head- Global Alliances, Tata Consultancy Services, said the pilot exercise was done with employees in their office and the response had been encouraging.
Rajan Ravichandran, Director of MIOT Institute of Nephrology, who conceptualised the project, said the test is similar to the one done using pregnancy test kits. It uses strips and a colour code. “While the test for serum creatinine must be done in a laboratory, albumin can be checked at home. Albumin in urine is a marker for heart attack and stroke. A person with abnormal kidney function is three times more at risk for heart attacks and recovery from a heart attack is poorer,” he said.
It was found that about five per cent of those below 20, had abnormal kidney functioning, but proper guidance could prevent kidney diseases in them, he said.
Inkeeping with this year's theme for World Kidney Day - ‘Protect your kidneys, save your heart', the kits will be given to youngsters. A documentary on kidney diseases, targeting youth was also launched on Wednesday.
The Marina Beach will play host to several events on Thursday to mark World Kidney Day. As many as 30 doctors and paramedical staff from the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital to which the Madras Medical College is attached will conduct a screening camp near Labour Statue from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. for walkers.
The results would be given to them the next day and if necessary would be referred to the hospital for further treatment. An interactive programme with patients will also be held at the College.
Students from over 10 colleges will participate in a walkathon organised by TANKER Foundation. In the evening, its goodwill ambassador actor Suriya will inaugurate an inter-college cultural competition at Anna University.
At Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, a free kidney screening camp for Reserved Police, Avadi, will be launched and lectures will be held.