Sunday 25 February 2018
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Facts on chronic kidney disease

EARLIER this year, I lost an uncle to chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition in which a person suffers a gradual loss of kidney function over time.

My uncle was a vibrant self-made man who made the most of his life, before kidney failure (­related to his diabetes) resulted in ­agonising regular dialysis sessions that he hated. However, it was not enough to save him.

Like me, there are many people out there who have lost a loved one to CKD, or perhaps know of someone who is suffering from this disease.

The public should be aware that the number of cases of CKD has been on a rise in Malaysia. According to the 22nd Report of the Malaysian Dialysis and Transplant Register (2014), there has been over
100% increase in the number of new dialysis patients in Malaysia over the past 10 years.

At the end of 2015, nearly 40,000 Malaysians required r­egular dialysis, with 90% of them requiring haemodialysis ­treatment three times a week.


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