Offer dialysis treatment to the poor, NGOs urged

NON-GOVERNMENT organisations should offer alternative dialysis treatment to help alleviate the financial burden faced by poor patients. 

Province Wellesley Renal Medifund (PWRM) president Goik Hock Lai said there were many patients with kidney failure who were living under the poverty line and it would be quite impossible for them to fork out RM3,000 a month just for dialysis treatments 

He said PWRM was offering dialysis at RM60 per treatment compared to RM180 charged by private hospitals 

Goik, who urged the private sector to support fundraising activities orga-nised by NGOs to help low income kidney failure patients, said people should watch their diet and lead a healthy lifestyle to avoid contracting serious ailments like diabetes and kidney failure. 

The country recorded an average of 2,500 new cases of kidney failure annually and most of them were due to the patients’ unhealthy lifestyle, he said at the 5th Annual Exhibition and Renal Care Talk held at the Summit Hotel Bukit Mertajam recently. 

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