CHRONIC kidney disease is on the rise. It is a silent killer that is often not noticed until it has reached an advanced stage.
Medical professionals say stage five is when patients experience end-stage renal disease or kidney failure, where dialysis becomes a permanent necessity.
To help address this national health concern, Pantai Hospital Klang has opened a new haemodialysis centre that will operate daily except Sundays.
The hospital’s consultant nephrologist and physician Dr Wong Mun Hoe said the opening of the haemodialysis centre would complement the current renal services offered in the hospital, such as acute dialysis services.
“Our centre houses six dialysis bays and runs six days a week at full capacity.
“It is operational from 7am to 5pm and if we do a maximum of three shifts a day, we can accommodate up to 36 patients.
“We have a dedicated team of nurses and a dietitian to work with us,” he added.
Dr Wong said dialysis patients from the centre would receive additional services at the hospital including management of anemia as well as fluid and nutrition monitoring.
Pantai Hospital Klang chief executive officer Shaharul Nizam Sahrudin said the haemodialysis centre further enhanced the hospital’s commitment to serve patients and their families besides continuing to deliver better accessibility to quality care.
“Renal replacement therapy is an increasingly pressing need in Malaysia.
“According to Health Ministry, the number of individuals requiring dialysis currently exceeds 40,000 with 7,000 new patients every year,” he said.
Klang MP Charles Santiago, who launched the haemodialysis centre, said the prevalence of chronic kidney disease was on the rise and its complications posed a heavy burden on the medical sector in meeting demand.
“We welcome Pantai Hospital Klang’s haemodialysis centre in contributing to improving the health and well-being of the community in Klang,” he added.
Santiago urged people, especially those who were diabetic, to undergo renal screenings as a preventive measure.