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CHCC hosts kidney disease-prevention health fair

A DAY-LONG health fair hosted by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Dialysis Unit on Thursday focused on the prevention of chronic kidney disease which affects 15 percent of the CNMI population.

“It is our top priority. We are really passionate about helping the community and protecting kidneys,” said Jessie Delos Reyes-Willsey, CHCC renal dietitian.

CHCC prepared a week-long activity to promote kidney health, culminating in the health fair which took place outside the CHCC Dialysis Unit building.

The Non-Communicable Disease Bureau and  Northern Marianas College nursing students partner with CHCC’s Dialysis Unit to educate the community about chronic diseases and how to prepare healthy food. In photo, Dialysis Unit interim director Nikki Sablan, NCD project assistant Hannah Shai, Public Health educator Keanna Villagomez, NMC nursing student Liqi Huang, and Public Health Director Margaret Aldan.The Non-Communicable Disease Bureau and Northern Marianas College nursing students partner with CHCC’s Dialysis Unit to educate the community about chronic diseases and how to prepare healthy food. In photo, Dialysis Unit interim director Nikki Sablan, NCD project assistant Hannah Shai, Public Health educator Keanna Villagomez, NMC nursing student Liqi Huang, and Public Health Director Margaret Aldan.

For the health fair, Delos Reyes-Willsey said the Non-Communicable Disease Bureau partnered with the Dialysis Unit to provide information about diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and the prevention of kidney failure.

Three dietitians were available throughout the day for people who wanted to know how to control or prevent chronic diseases.

In addition, the Non-Communicable Disease Bureau gave demonstrations on preparing food with little or no salt.

“For people that are on dialysis, we have an informational booth on dialysis nutrition to improve their health,” Delos Reyes-Willsey said. “It’s for family members who want to learn more about proper diet and how they can support a patient on dialysis. We also have information on hemodialysis modalities and peritoneal dialysis. We want to educate the public about what they need do to when the kidneys don’t work.”

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. joined the world in celebrating National Kidney Day by hosting a health fair on Thursday.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. LirioThe Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. joined the world in celebrating National Kidney Day by hosting a health fair on Thursday. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Through the help of Northern Marianas College nursing students, people also had their blood pressure and blood sugar checked during the health fair.

Delos Reyes-Willsey advised people to improve their diet and be aware of the food they are eating.

“Over 50 percent of the CNMI population have high blood pressure. High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney failure. If we don’t address hypertension now, we would have more people on dialysis.”