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Kidney Day Awareness & International Women’s Day

By KT Leong

In conjunction with kidney awareness month and international women’s day, Perak Community Specialist Hospital (PCSH) have jointly collaborated with Lions Club of Ipoh Mandarin and organised a Health Awareness Campaign yesterday at PCSH New Wing. This was to mark the hospital’s initiative to increase awareness on health. The response was overwhelming with more than 120 participants screened with the essential blood test as well as other free health screenings.

One of the key highlights of this campaign was the health talk on “Chronic Kidney Disease” by Dr Ng Yong Muh and “Low Protein Diet for Chronic Kidney Disease” by Ms Chui Jia Ying. Besides offering essential blood tests at a special rate with consultant review, PCSH had also conducted various other free health screenings. In addition, pre-registration for free Mammogram and HPV DNA test was also offered which was made possible with the collaboration of the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), PCSH had arranged sumptuous refreshments for all the participants.

Mr Nicholas, CEO of PCSH said “the health screening was the hospital’s way of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility to the community. This event was made to bridge the knowledge gaps to better kidney care. Besides creating health awareness, we also want to contribute by improving their lifestyle.”

Dr Ng Yong Muh, Consultant Nephrologist & Physician during his talk, shared that “kidney disease continues to be a major public health problem in Malaysia. It is often referred to as a “silent-killer”. Individuals may not know they are experiencing kidney related problems until they develop symptoms at the end stage. Early screening for high-risk groups especially those with diabetes and hypertension is important for early detection. This provides an opportunity to prevent or delay its progression and decrease morbidity and mortality. “

“A healthy lifestyle can be attained by maintaining a balanced diet and while getting all the essential nutrients required by the body. A proper meal plan helps to attain ideal body weight and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Prevention needs to be focused on those at greatest risk of developing chronic kidney disease.” said Ms Chui Jia Ying, Dietitian.

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