Features : Kidney Diseases Weighing On Public Healthcare Expenditure
By Muhammad Basir Roslan
This article is in conjunction with World Kidney Day 2021 which falls on March 11 every year.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The burden of chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country continues to weigh heavily on the national healthcare system, with news reports highlighting the growing numbers of Malaysians impacted by often preventable diseases that lead to deteriorating quality of life and a growing cost to the healthcare budget.
Recent studies carried out by local health experts have shown that chronic kidney disease (CKD) has become one of the leading public health issues in Malaysia with increased prevalence and low awareness.
According to their findings, within less than a decade the prevalence of CKD increased from 9.1 percent in 2011 to 15.5 percent in 2018. The worrying part is, only five percent of people with CKD are aware they have the disease.