Sunday September 30, 2012
New lifeline for kidney patients
KUALA LUMPUR: Chronic kidney failure patient Mohd Sholeh Daud, 50, has been going for dialysis treatment three times a week for the past 20 years.
He is now glad that 1Malaysia Clinics would begin providing blood test services, including cholesterol, glucose and urine tests as well as additional haemodialysis machines for public hospitals.
“Such blood test services will help people to watch their health. It can help save many lives if you detect health problems early,” he said, adding that the Government should also allocate money to maintain or replace the expensive dialysis machines.
Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) Nephrology Department chief Datuk Dr Ghazali Ahmad said the leading cause of kidney failure is usually diabetes.
“It is important to identify the root cause of the problem. Such tests will help high-risk patients including those with a family history of certain diseases and those above 65 years old,” he said.
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