The national event to mark the World Kidney Day (March 9) will be held in the Wilgamuwa Divisional Secretariat Division under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena,
the CEO /Director of the National Institute for Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, Dr. Rathnasiri A. Hewage said. Several programmes will take place in the division under the theme of `Healthy lifestyle for healthy kidneys'. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will open several dialysis centres during the day in the North Central Province.
Awareness raising programmes will also be held for schoolchildren and the public. Several water supply schemes are to be opened in affected areas.
About 24,900 kidney patients are reported in 11 districts at present, according to the health ministerial statistics. A special kidney hospital is to be built in Polonnaruwa for kidney patients of the area, health ministry sources said. (Daily News)