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Kidney Foundation Holding Free Screening Clinics

November 23, 2013 8:14 AM | News

Kidney Foundation of CanadaTwo kidney screening clinics in the province will test Manitobans for kidney disease in recognition of November as National Diabetes Month.

The first clinic will service the Westman region in Brandon today at the Superstore Pharmacy, 920 Victoria Avenue, from noon to 4:45 p.m.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada (Manitoba Branch) is organizing the free SeeKD clinics to help Manitobans of all backgrounds learn more about kidney disease.

“We hope that as many people as possible are able to have their kidneys screened,” said Val Dunphy, executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch. “Manitoba has the second highest rate of kidney disease in Canada. We can link this directly to our similarly high rates of Type 2 diabetes. People are more likely to take care of their kidneys if they have the information on how to do it.”

The second clinic will be held in Winnipeg on Thursday, November 28 at the Aboriginal Centre, 181 Higgins Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The process takes about 15 minutes and participants receive counselling from a pharmacist on ways to prevent kidney disease if they don’t already have it.

Additional SeeKD clinics are planned in Churchill and Thompson, Manitoba in December. For updates, visit Kidney.ca/Manitoba.