At your discretion, you may want to share the following with your readers. I would also be interested in any feedback they may have. Attached is the post I sent to CBC-TV for posting over 24 hours ago, in response to an article on their site “World Kidney Day“; it remains a mystery why they have not done so. Therefore, I decided to send them this note.
To Whom It May Concern:
It’s great to see that CBC-TV has enhanced their website to include a blog and discussion forum. I hope you will not follow the example of VOB, which had a very good discussion forum, but was killed by the administrator’s arrogance. That administrator was not only slow to release postings within a reasonable time frame but was heavy handed in censorship. The same state was suffered by the Nation News on-line discussion forum, which has lost many of its followers for similar reasons. These unnecessary flaws on the part of mainstream media outlets appear to have led to the establishment of widely followed blogs.
For your consideration, if CBC-TV does not vet the comments of posters within a 24-hour period and release for posting, your blog and discussion forum will become defunct before they get off the ground.
Submitted by an Anonymous person
Congratulations on World Kidney Day (celebrated on March 13, 2008). It is nice to know that our health officials in Barbados are trying to educate people on the importance of keeping their kidneys healthy. However, it leads me to ask, why are cadaver transplants, which are available in other places and especially the USA are deemed illegal in Barbados?
In October 2004, at a conference held at the Amaryllis Hotel by the Barbados Kidney Association, I heard the same rhetoric that has been printed here from Barbados Ministry of Health represented by former Minister of Health Jerome Walcott, and many of his counterparts who vowed to help those who developed chronic kidney failure. Many of us are still waiting to find out what Minister Walcott meant by the word, “help.” It’s about time the Ministry of Health in Barbados act on their promises and establishes mechanisms other than dialysis, such as transplantation, even if it were donor related only, instead of continuously making lame excuses. Was it not over 10 years ago that kidney transplant was done here, but due to the selfishness and possible jealousy by our own medical staff at the QEH, the surgeon who performed the surgery got fed-up and returned to his native country/island? We have witnessed the same behavior directed at Dr. Sparman in recent times.
The medical professionals, i.e., nephrologists et al know that having a kidney disease, or being on dialysis has no age limit; furthermore, dialysis treatments give patients an opportunity to prolong life but there is a much more positive enhancement to life experience with transplantation, which they have ignored to pursue.
It’s a shame that the people responsible for shaping policies on this matter continue to pull the wool over those who have been affected by the disease be it in the early stages or not, and foremost making patients and/or potential patients who may not have done their own research to believe that being on dialysis is the b-all and n-all.
I just hope that the day will come soon, and sooner than we expect when we as citizens can celebrate performing transplants once again followed by the passing of legislation for cadaver transplantation, and to encourage more friends and family related donors. I also hope that there would be more advocacy and education, as well as the development of a potential rehabilitation program for those living with kidney disease, all of which is extremely lacking.
I earnestly look forward to the day when those Barbadians who are confronted with chronic renal failure have a chance to experience transplantation, and we can all have the opportunity to hail our health authorities in Barbados for advancing the hope of citizens who are afflicted with kidney disease.