Our kidney failures among the world’s highest

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AT least 15.5pc, or more than five million, of the Malaysian population are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and only 5pc of them are aware of it.

Each year, over 10,000 individuals are diagnosed as needing dialysis, and this number is steadily increasing, with more than half having diabetes.

In addition, the incidence and prevalence of patients with end-stage renal disease have been on an upward trend for the past 20 years. More than 51,000 people in Malaysia currently live with ESRD and need kidney replacement.Our incidence rate for ESRD is among the highest in the world. The Health Ministry has projected that more than 106,000 Malaysians could be on dialysis by 2040 if the upward trend in kidney failure rates persists. With just 16 years remaining, urgent action is imperative.

The government currently shoulders at least half of the expenditure incurred in treating CKD, a situation deemed unsustainable. However, prevention and early detection continue to be sound and effective strategies. We need to do better to reduce Type two diabetes and increase awareness of kidney health.

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