First Educational Meeting

On Thursday 16 July 2020, the Renal Association had its first educational meeting ever. It should have occurred in early April but the Covid-19 lockdown put paid to that. Dr O Bheekharry presented “The Filter, the Pump and the Pill”, a review of the latest SGLT2 inhibitors trial.

It was an opportunity to invite 2 prospective members of the association Dr Guttee, Dr Purrunsing and Dr A Rughoobur Bheekhee. The latter was able to follow the presentation from 550km away in Rodrigues via a web link. Another innovation was the video recording of the presentation which hopefully will become the norm for our educational meetings.

You can access the abstract, the slides and the video of the talk here.

If the Covid-19 pandemic never existed…

… we would not be approaching 10 million of infected people and half a million deaths. There is no clear easy exit route yet of this tragedy.

The consequence for our Association is of course trivial compared to the global calamity but it was nevertheless a nasty shock for a newly born organisation. There had been a feverish ( of the non-viral type!) preparation for our first annual conference “Let’s Talk Kidneys” and first evening CPD event of a series which we named “The Kidney Club”.

The first 3 cases of Covid-19 came together on March 18 2020. I think everyone will always remember what they were doing at the time of the prime ministerial announcement. We had just completed dinner after an association business meeting full of big plans…

So the best plans went in smoke. There was an excited scramble online for more information but one thing was for sure. We had to put a brave face and get ready for a long crisis. Lockdown and the frontline.

Mauritius has weathered the first wave relatively well but not without tragic losses. We are in a lull but let’s not make any illusions. It’s not over yet. The worse is yet to come.

The silver lining to this pandemic is that I wouldn’t be penning this blog entry just now. My fellow members and I would have been in a bit of a panic on the eve of the first conference. Instead, we are officially launching our website renal.mu and ‘The Kidney Club” has morphed into a Free Online Access Medical Education(FOAMed) intiative of the association.

Visit of Mr Jonathon Oldsburgh

Mr Jonathon Olsburgh, renal transplant and urology surgeon from Guy’s Hospital London, kindly gave a lecture to the Medical Update Group at the University of Mauritius on the 21st of August 2019 on the subject of Live Donor Kidney a transplant.

It was a succinct and enjoyable talk on a very relevant topic in the context of the developing cooperation between Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust and the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life to restart the local kidney transplantation programme.

It was very kind of Mr Olsburgh to sacrifice some of his holiday time to speak to us. It was only right he was presented with a little souvenir. There was a lively and long discussion at the end.