The Antique Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) will hold symposium in schools to discuss ways to prevent and control kidney diseases.

According to Irene Dulduco, Information Officer of IPHO, they are set to conduct asymposium at the St. Anthony’s College (SAC) and Antique National School (ANS) on June 27 & 30 respectively.

Kidney diseases, she said, is one of the top 10 leading cause of mortality in the country, thus the need to step up advocacy campaign among the youth so they become aware that early detection and healthy lifestyle are key factors to prevent end-stage renal disease or ESRD.

Likewise, she disclosed that they are also pushing for healthy lifestyle advocacy among the youth such as no smoking campaign, eating of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding stress, and doing regular exercise.

IPHO has also enjoined schools to institutionalize the “hataw” exercise in their daily/weekly activities to give students and school personnel the time to exercise, she added.

On the other hand, Dulduco echoed the advocacy of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute that these diseases are potentially preventable if diagnosed early, avoiding the need for expensive ESRD treatment such as dialysis and transplantation.

The only means to detect the presence of kidney problems is through routine urinalysis. So, it is important that everyone should see a doctor for checkup and urine examination once a year, she said.

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