To mark the World Kidney Day (WKD), a non-governmental organisation, Omotayo Kidney Care Foundation, on Saturday held free kidney screening for Nigerians in Abuja.
The World Kidney Day is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidney and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
The day is celebrated across the globe on every second Thursday of March.
The founder of the NGO, Omotayo Akinrinde, who is a registered nurse and works with the Garki Hospital in Abuja, said the aim of the foundation is to create awareness on kidney diseases and the preventive measures.
The foundation started in November 2017 and since then has held seven medical outreaches. Although prior to this time, Akinrinde had been raising awareness about the importance of kidney care via Facebook.
Akinrinde said the foundation undertook the free kidney check to reduce the number of people living with the chronic disease and to commemorate the WKD.
Speaking at the event, a medical doctor, Yomi Ekperinpa, advised people to take water regularly and avoid intake of alcohol. Ekperinpa, who works with Police College Comprehensive Hospital, said avoiding foods low in potassium and sodium is also a way of caring for the kidney.
A beneficiary, Abdulkaheem Abdulsalami, thanked Akinrinde for the initiative and called on international and local agencies to assist in moving the foundation forward. Another beneficiary, Sidi Ali, urged people to learn how to appreciate good work which is being offered to them free.