Samosas and fried cashews are the regular accompaniments for tea during office meetings. Now, the Health Department is planning to make an appeal to government and private institutions to opt for healthy snacking during meetings.
“We are planning to issue an appeal to all institutions that at least during these hours, if not necessary, do not load yourself with such things. Instead, opt for healthier options such as fruit or vegetable salad, or peanuts,” J. Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary, said at the 18th International Federation of Kidney Foundations Conference (IFKF), organised jointly by the IFKF and the Tamil Nadu Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation on Monday.
Noting that Chennai was the diabetic capital of the country, he said that not much attention was given to prevention. He added that though there is awareness, change in behaviour is yet to come. Gamal Saadi, IFKF president, said there was a need to approach community and governments to increase awareness on kidney diseases.
Latha A. Kumaraswami, managing trustee of TANKER Foundation, said they started with two dialysis machines and presently, their seven dialysis units have 87 machines.
From June 1993 to till November this year, TANKER has provided 2,67,329 free and subsidised dialysis for 1,350 patients.
It has provided support of ₹183 lakh to 3,022 patients. The foundation does 3,708 dialyses per month, of which, 3,367 are free of cost.