Food and prizes also available

Kaweah Delta Porterville Dialysis (KDPD) will host a community health event offering a variety of free screenings and more today in Porterville.

The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 385 N. Pearson Ave.

It’s an important event for Tulare County residents, said Tariq Javed, M.D., medical director of KDPD. The area continues to exceed state rates for diabetes.

“This is an opportunity for people to be in charge of their ship and learn about what they can do to prevent diabetes or better manage their disease,” he said.

The event will provide education about kidney health, diabetes awareness and overall wellness. Additionally, attendees can be screened for the following: blood pressure, body mass index and glucose. A free foot screening will also be offered. People with diabetes should have at least one a year because they are at risk of developing foot problems such as numbness or weakness, an inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body, and foot deformities.

KDPD has provided service to Porterville for 30 years. The 18-chair, two-bed center provides hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and blood transfusions using state-of-the-art technology. It maintains a nurse to patient ratio of 1-to-5.

The dialysis center’s machines increase patient comfort by allowing precise water removal during dialysis. Additionally, the center has devices that are built into dialysis machines that help prevent patients from experiencing low blood pressure during dialysis and accompanying side effects.

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