KOTA KINABALU: Kidney patients make up the majority of about 20,000 patients in Sabah who are still waiting for suitable organ donors to enable them to undergo transplant.
In the meantime, the government is being assisted by non-governmental organisations (NGO) to provide dialysis service to the patients, according to state Health director Dr Christina Rundi.
"Aside from dialysis, the alternative treatment for patients is surgery," she said while launching the state-level World Kidney Day 2015 themed, 'Kidney Health For All' at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital auditorium here, recently.
She said the health department was also collaborating with NGOs to carry out awareness campaigns on the disease including in the rural areas.
"The government allocates RM20 million annually to the health ministry for various prevention awareness activities," she said. — Bernama