Rey Anthony Chiu
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 10, 2013 (PIA) –Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) and urinalysis tests for patients suspected to have kidney problems continue for three Bohol inter-local districts within the week, sources from the Provincial Health Office said.
FBS and urinalysis tests for the presence of diabetes, most common cause of chronic kidney disease, health experts said.
Days ago, rural health unit (RHU) doctors all over the province also pre-screened individuals to get the 20 patients for the inter-local screening where complete FBS and urinalysis would be given, says Machiavelia Caliao, nurse and coordinator of the Bohol Renal Disease Prevention Program (REDCOP).
The screenings are in preparation for the medical consultation this June 20, which fellows at the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) and the Department of Health (DOH) brings to Bohol in time for the National Kidney Disease Prevention Month in June.
NKTI and the DOH opens up a free medical outreach program for kidney patients on June 20 at the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, aside from kidney fora and public consultations set for the day, according to kidney month activities co-convenor, Philippine Information Agency.
On June 11, health authorities from the Provincial health Office, (PHO) those who advocate for renal disease prevention, comes to Jagna District Hospital for a half day free FBS and urinalysis to pick out patients who shall be in for the medical consultations on June 20, by the NKTI and DOH renal disease specialists.
Screening activities happen at the Teodoro B. Galagar District Hospital from 8:00-12:00 noon.
At the Jagna pre-screening, patients eligible to join are those who have been sent by RHUs in Valencia, Garcia- Hernandez, Jagna, Duero, Guindulman, Mabini, Candijay, Anda and Alicia; or from the towns in the Jagna health service catchment.
On June 13, the team moves to Loon Health District, at the Natalio P. Castillo Memorial Hospital for similar pre-screening.
Here, another 20 patients pre-identified by the RHUs of the towns of Antequera, Maribojoc, Loon, Calape, Tubigon, Clarin and Inabanga go for medical tests: FBS and urinalysis to be able to get free medical consultations on the 20th of June in Tagbilaran.
By June 14, the same team goes to Carmen Health District, which centers its kidney activities at the Cong Simeon Toribio Memorial Hospital.
Another free FBS and urinalysis can be availed by 20 patients, each coming from the towns of Loboc, Bilar, Batuan, Carmen, Sevilla, Dagohoy, Pilar, Sierra Bullones, Danao and Sagbayan.