As part of activities to observe World Kidney Day in Saint Lucia, the St Lucia Renal Association embarked on a series of awareness building activities over the past couple of weeks. Together with the Ministry of Heath, the association hosted a marque health fair on the grounds of the Ministry on the Castries waterfront where patrons were afforded the opportunity to have blood pressure, blood sugar and urine tested. Resource persons were also available to answer pertinent questions relating to kidney health and how to prevent kidney disease.
The much anticipated second annual Celebrity Sports Day saw scores of local celebrities from various walks of life entertain patrons who had gathered at the Beausejour indoor facility from 10:00a.m last Sunday. Games included cricket, table tennis, basketball, football, volleyball, netball and the ever popular lime and spoon race.
Just as children aren’t exempt from developing kidney disease, be it acute or chronic, and the need for educating the young ones about kidney health is just as important; they weren’t left out of the fun and excitement on the day. Children were encouraged to join in the various games and we even saw a few successful deliveries in cricket and shots in basketball.
The day’s celebration ended with the celebrity basketball game and a ten minute football match marking the end of another successful hosting of the Celebrity Sports Day activity but not the stance the association has taken to ensure that island wide persons are aware of the severity of kidney disease.