Ahad, 9 Mei 2010

12 kidney failures every day, says Rosnah

KUALA LUMPUR: Every day, 12 Malaysians suffer from kidney failure and have to be put on dialysis to survive, said Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin.

She said data from the Malaysian Dialysis & Transplant Registry in 2009 also showed that 10% of the country’s population suffered some form of kidney disease and the number is expected to rise annually

“The number has increased by nearly 400% in just one decade, from over 5,000 in 1999 to more than 20,000 in 2009.

“The culprit of this rising trend is Malaysians’ unhealthy lifestyle and dietary changes,” said Datuk Rosnah at opening of the 11th International Federation of Kidney Foundations Meeting (IFKF) in Hotel Nikko yesterday.

Among those who attended the event were IFKF president Dr. Miguel Carlos Riella and his vice president Lynn Kulasingam and National Kidney Foundation chairman Datuk Dr Zaki Morad Mohd Zaher.

Dr. Zaki said Malaysians should seriously look at the importance of early detection and treatment.

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