Urgency in Raising Awareness of Kidney Disease
 
Mar 13, 2018
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Kuala Lumpur, 8 March 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- In conjunction of World Kidney Day (WKD) 2018, National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia’s (NKF) Open Day took place today at the NKF – BERJAYA Resource Centre.

The day’s programme kicked off with a Bollywood Fitness Dance instructed by Mr Kirenjit Singh, the Bhangra Dance Master who was formerly a Fitness Manager for Celebrity Fitness. Free health screening was provided for public to keep track of their blood pressure, blood glucose, blood cholesterol level with counselling given by NKF’s health professionals. An organ donation booth was set up to encourage the public to pledge to donate their organs, which will go a long way in lending a new lease of life for people in dire need for organ transplants, including kidney transplants.
“In Malaysia, there is an increase of 6,000 new cases of patients who are diagnosed with kidney failure every year. This clearly indicates that there is an urgent need to increase public awareness on personal health, especially on diseases related to end stage renal disease (ESRD),” said Chua Hong Wee, CEO of NKF.

“Celebrated globally on the second Thursday in March, this year’s World Kidney Day coincides with International Women’s Day. As such, we would like to raise awareness of preventive measures in avoiding kidney disease, especially in women. We also added the Bollywood Fitness Dance as a new activity this year. Jointly organised by the Ministry of Health, Malaysian Society of Nephrology and National Kidney Foundation, this initiative will be held in various cities throughout Malaysia, including Johor, Seberang Prai, Sungai Petani and Alor Setar,” he added.

A health talk on the importance of annual medical check-up was conducted by Mr Nizam bin Yusof, Consultancy Manager of Medi Diastika Sdn Bhd to encourage members of public to take charge of their own health, as determining of bodily functions can help to identify any abnormalities or disease before they can worsen, display symptoms, and pose a significant risk.

With the theme of WKD being ‘Include, Value, Empower’ this year, Dr Nor Fadhlina Binti Zakaria from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia has shared the importance of women’s health and specifically their kidney health during the health talk on ‘Supplements, Women, and Kidneys Health’.

For more information on these and future NKF activities or to donate towards the organisation’s efforts, please visithttp://www.nkf.org.my or call 03-7954 9048.

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National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping Malaysians suffering from end stage kidney failure who lack access to or cannot afford dialysis treatment. NKF currently has over 1,500 dialysis patients receiving subsidized dialysis treatment in over 26 dialysis centers nationwide.

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