World Kidney Day: Kidney Health International joins global community to mark day with float. The Kidney Health International, a Non-Governmental Organization that promotes healthy kidneys in Ghana, yesterday joined the global community to mark the World Kidney Day with a float through the principal streets of Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.
A Renowned Ghanaian Consultant Nephrologist, Dr. Elliot Koranteng Tannor, who is the founder and director of the organization in a remark to the media emphasized the need for early detection of detection of kidney disease, as the major stopper against the worrying trend of the disease in Ghana.
“My average patient and their relatives who know very little about kidney disease. What we know is that when detected early, we are able to help the patient to prevent further deterioration” he remarked as he led a team of volunteers of the Kidney Health International and the Ghana Kidney Association to march through the principal streets of Kumasi, to create awareness about the disease.
The second Thursday of every March has been designated worldwide as “World Kidney Day” which is meant to create awareness of the kidney disease. The commemoration of the day in Ghana was done in the Ashanti region, and as part of activities to mark the day, the float was held. Participants included volunteers of the KHI, members of the Ghana Kidney Association and some health personnel.
The theme for the world kidney day for 2022 was ““Kidney Health for All”. The march began at the forecourt of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, through the famous Kejetia Market, through the Asafo overhead and then finally, to the Prempeh Assembly Hall where a public lecture was held in the afternoon.
Participants held placards, some of which read “Your kidneys are important, protect them”, “My kidneys, my wealth”, “Have you drank water today?” and many more messages that communicated the need to protect one’s kidneys.
Several brochures were also distributed to the public during the float. Commuters and people in their vehicles gladly inquired about what the float was about and some participants were spotted gladly educating the public about their kidneys.