World Health Day quote by Dr. Sujit Vijay Sakpal, MD, Multi-organ abdominal transplant surgeon at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in South Dakota


“Everyone should be aware of kidney disease, especially those with risk factors for it such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity, or a family history of kidney disease. Knowing one is at risk is the first step towards a healthier life. For those with high-risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, or obesity, I recommend getting kidney function checked regularly. In addition, to help prevent kidney disease, there are a few daily choices we can all make.

Keep fit, be active, eat a healthy diet, and stay hydrated. It’s also important to stay mindful of your blood sugar and blood pressure and not smoke or take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pills regularly. Although these seem like small changes, they can significantly impact your overall health. On this World Health Day, St. George’s University School of Medicine and I come together to build awareness for a brighter, healthier future for all”.

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About Dr. Sujit Sakpal:

St. George’s University School of Medicine alum Sujit Vijay Sakpal, is a multi-organ abdominal transplant surgeon, intensivist, and kidney and pancreas transplantation director at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in South Dakota. As a physician who works directly with vulnerable populations impacted by issues such as kidney disease, we share his thoughts on World Health Day 2023. This year’s theme of World Health Day is “Health For All” and is an ideal occasion for Dr. Sakpal to drive more awareness towards good kidney health contributing to overall health.

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About St. George’s University School of Medicine:

Founded in 1976 with the goal of drawing the best talent and practices from around the world, St. George’s University (SGU) has become a centre for academic excellence worldwide. With students and faculty drawn from more than 150 countries, SGU is truly an international institution, with a global perspective, poised to help educate students in this rapidly changing world. St. George’s University School of Medicine has a four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program or offers five-, six, and seven-year Medical Degree Pathways with entry points available for students from any education system around the world. SGU has a large network of 75+ affiliated hospitals and health centres in the US and UK and also has a unique opportunity for students to begin their medical career in Grenada, the United Kingdom, or India.

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