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Urine testing for renal and other health issues

In April 2019, Moonie King, President of the Tepehua Community Centre in Chapala, gave us a urine testing machine.  Nurse Olga (of Tepehua) provided the training. The Poco a Poco medical office provided this service for free for people in San Pedro Itzicán and anyone from the surrounding villages.

Unfortunately, at the end of 2021, the urine testing machine stopped working.  (They are very sensitive to dust...). We did try to get it repaired, without success.  

Identification of kidney disease

We know that the nephrologists recommend urine testing, as well as testing of blood, as the only way to find out if someone has renal problems at an early stage (before they have any symptoms).

Testing

In San Pedro, these tests are not available (there is no other medical office) and the people in these towns do not have the money to take urine or blood tests when they can't afford to even feed their families.

Testing done by the Lila K Foundation in the fall of 2022

The Lila K Foundation did testing in 2022 needs to be repeated,.  But it's a very expensive process. 

The results from urine tests have to be reviewed by a doctor or nurse, and the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala has been very helpful with this. When we had the urine testing machine, some people tested positive for bladder infections and were prescribed antibiotics when we took them to the doctor.  (If left untreated, these infections can cause renal problems.) Other patients were referred to specialists in Guadalajara or Ocotlán, for follow-up because they were already showing signs of renal disease.

Between 2022 and April 2024, we know of 22 people who have died of renal failure in the San Pedro Itzicán area.  Early detection and treatment is the only solution. 
 
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