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Increase in Chronic Kidney Disease

by | May 22, 2023 | NATIONAL, NEWS, Opinions | 0 comments

The prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is on the rise in Malaysia and the Ministry of Health stated that almost 9,000 new kidney patients are registered annually and they require dialysis treatment.

Preliminary data from the National Renal Registry (NRR) showed that there were 49,447 dialysis patients in Malaysia last year of which 43,663 patients are undergoing haemodialysis treatment while 5,784 go for peritoneal dialysis treatment.

In Malaysia, one in seven of the 33 million strong population or 4.7 million adults have various stages of CKD and the prevalence of CKD has gone up from 9.07 percent in 2011 to 15.48 percent in 2018.

A leading contributor to kidney disease is the consumption of unregistered health supplement products as from January 2018 to December 2022 the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) received 67 reports.

NPRA is responsible for monitoring the safety of registered products on the market including health supplements and one of its key activities is monitoring the safety of products by healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies and consumers.

The NPRA also receives reports of the use of unregistered health supplement products including those adulterated with illegal substances such as dexamethasone, chlorpheniramine and sibutramine.

-THE MALAYSIA VOICE

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