Free screening opportunity

Kidney infection and disease is a growing problem in Canada.

Kidney infection and disease is a growing problem in Canada.

One of 10 individuals living in Canada will have kidney stones at some point in their life, says the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

The most prone are adults with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or a family history of kidney disease.

For those older than 19 who are eligible, there will be a free screening opportunity at the Immigrant Welcome Centre of the Comox Valley (IWC), in partnership with the The Kidney Foundation of Canada, B.C. Branch.

The screening length for each test will be approximately 15 minutes and will include, blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, blood-glucose level, creatinine, eGFR and urinalysis. Every test that is conducted to each participate will be kept confidential.

On May 2, the IWC and Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch will hold an all-day screening for those who are at risk. The screening will be conducted in a safe environment.

The screening will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Immigrant Welcome Centre at Unit C 1001 Lewis Ave. in Courtenay.

As the number of participants is limited, to register or for more information please phone 250-338-6359 or e-mail All members of the community are welcome to register.

The Immigrant Welcome Centre serves the Comox Valley, Campbell River and North Island. They provide services to immigrants to help them integrate and settle into Canada. Over 600 clients have been served in the past year as immigration continues to bring innovative and skilled newcomers to the community.

— Immigrant Welcome Centre