The Malaysian Society of Nephrology (MSN) and Baxter Healthcare (M) Sdn Bhd organised the annual peritoneal dialysis (PD) Patients’ Outing at Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL), recently.
The event received overwhelming response from 300 kidney patients and their caregivers who came from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Hospital Selayang, Hospital Serdang, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang and University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).
The PD Patients’ Outing is an initiative organised annually to highlight the freedom, flexibility and mobility that PD therapy affords, and emphasises the importance of kidney disease control and management.
The event also showcases how kidney patients can live a healthy and active life.
“We are pleased to see the overwhelming response received for this outing. MSN is dedicated to improving kidney disease awareness in Malaysia and to educating the public, especially kidney patients, about the treatment options available.
Patients need to know that choosing the right treatment option is important in determining their quality of life,” said MSN president Datuk Dr Ong Loke Meng.
“We are honoured to collaborate with MSN in organising this year’s PD Patients’ Outing.
“At Baxter Healthcare, we are committed to helping kidney patients maximise their quality of life and stay as healthy and active as possible,” added Baxter Healthcare (M) Sdn Bhd general manager Iftekhar Ahmed.
The half-day outing began with a tour to the observation deck of Menara KL where participants got to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city’s skyline followed by interactive games.
Ustaz Abdullah Bukhari Abdul Rahim, who was on PD therapy before undergoing a kidney transplant, shared his experience living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and how PD, as well as his kidney transplant, have helped him to continue living a healthy and active life.
His story inspired and motivated the other patients who were present.
“PD has helped me through one of the biggest obstacles in my life. It gave me the strength to face and manage my condition.
“I would like to encourage my fellow patients to remain positive and not let their condition affect the way they live”, said Abdullah.
An awards ceremony was held to recognise and honour kidney patients who have successfully been on PD for 10 and 15 years.
This year, a total of 30 patients from the Klang Valley were awarded for their determination in managing and controlling their disease.
Health Ministry Deputy Health director general Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai was one of the guests-of-honour who presented the awards to the patients.
He said, “In 2013, there were a total of 31,637 dialysis patients and the number is expected to increase by at least 6,000 new dialysis patients every year.
“The patients who end up with renal failure will need to be given renal replacement therapy which could either be kidney transplant or dialysis in the form of PD or haemodialysis (HD).”
“The Health Ministry, in keeping with other developed and ASEAN economies like the US, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore which has adopted PD First or PD favoured measures, is moving towards a PD First policy,” said Dr Jeyaindran
Among the many reasons why we are adopting the PD first policy, includes the ability of the patients to do dialysis at their own home, reduces the occurrence of anaemia and much lower risk of getting hepatitis infections as compared to hemodialysis (HD).
In a recent study done in Hospital Kuala Lumpur, which was presented at the recent International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Research Outcomes (ISPRO) meeting, showed that PD shows a reduction in dialysis associated cost as compared to HD,” he added.