SINGAPORE - Five new dialysis centres will be built over the next two years by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), to cope with growing rates of kidney failure as Singapore ages.
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Speaking at NKF's 45th Anniversary Charity Dinner held at Resorts World Sentosa today, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said he is pleased to know that five new NKF dialysis centres will be built in the next two years through the generosity and support of caring sponsors.
He was speaking after the announcement of the new dialysis centres by NKF Chairman Koh Poh Tiong.
Minister Gan also spoke of the need to tackle the root of the problem upstream through preventing the conditions that lead to kidney failure in the first place.
"This means encouraging people to live a healthier lifestyle through regular physical activity, balanced diet, staying smoke-free and controlling the various risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
"These are all priority areas for the Ministry of Health, not just because of kidney failure; but also to reduce problems like heart attacks, stroke, cancer and other undesirable outcomes.
"Upstream problems when left unattended, will lead to major problems, suffering and high costs downstream," he said.
On top of providing renal care for kidney failure patients and public education and prevention programmes, Mr Gan added that NKF has taken a step further by promoting kidney transplantation as another preferred treatment option for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD).
"This year, we will strengthen our publicity plans to promote organ donation and transplantation. Through our efforts, we hope that Singaporeans would be encouraged to discuss with their loved ones and their family members on organ donation.
"We hope that as we have a wider conversation on this topic, the life-saving and life-changing benefits of organ transplantation can be better understood and embraced by the society," he said, adding that MOH looks forward to partnering NKF in this respect.