NKF Malaysia holds 13th Patient Forum for Dialysis Patients & Their Caregivers
 
Jul 26, 2017
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Kuantan, 16 July 2017 – National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) held its 13th Patient Forum in Kuantan, Pahang for the first time since the Forum was first organized as an annual event in 2003.

The Forum acts as an educational and meaningful avenue for dialysis patients and their caregivers to get together to exchange experiences, knowledge and ideas. Themed “Improving the Quality of Your Life” this year, the forum attracted 300 individuals where they were kept informed and updated on kidney diseases, what the numbers in their medical reports meant, healthy diet, how to improve survival in dialysis treatment, the benefits given by Social Security Organisation (PERKESO) to those who are insured, and how to live positive lives.

With Pahang being chosen to hold 13th Patient Forum for the first time, NKF aims to benefit dialysis patient across Pahang and Terengganu states, to ensure that all patients, caregivers and members of the public have access to important information that helps them to enjoy a more meaningful quality of life.

Chairman of the NKF Board of Directors, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Zaki Morad bin Mohd Zaher in his speech mentioned “This Forum has been organised by The National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) for the knowledge and benefit of not only the dialysis patients and their caregivers, but also for the staff of government and private dialysis centres as well as voluntary organisations. With many patients in need of assistance, especially in relation to finance, the Forum provides an appropriate platform for patients to gain such information.”

Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Zaki reiterated, “It is hoped that patients and their caregivers will have a better understanding of the need for a proper diet to cope with the patients’ illness and of how to handle the stresses and strains brought about by the affliction”.

In officiating the opening ceremony of the Forum, YB. Dato ‘Norol Azali Bin Sulaiman, Member of the Pahang State Government Council, Chairman of the Health Committee, Human Resources and Special Tasks of Pahang State said “This Forum serves as a landmark of commitment reflecting NKF’s constant focus to further aid kidney patients in Malaysia as well as to improve their lives.”

“It is also important for the general public to be aware of such a health hazard so as to prevent kidney-related diseases and move forward as healthier Malaysians.”

Held at Hotel Grand Darul Makmur (formerly known as Hotel M. S. Garden), the Forum featured three Nephrologists: Dr. Rafidah Binti Dato’ Abdullah spoke about ‘Kidney Disease – Common, Harmful but Treatable’ which reflects on how kidney disease happens frequently, how it can be treated and treatments for kidney failure; Dr. Mohd Kamil Bin Ahmad spoke about ‘Numbers in Dialysis – What Patients Should Know’ which advises patients and caregivers on understanding kidney disease and how to manage it; and Y.Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Ramli Bin Seman spoke on ‘Improving Survival in Dialysis Treatment: What Dialysis Patients Should Do’ which explained on how to prolong the quality of life as a dialysis patient.

Also present to guide patients and caregivers with information and eligibility criteria for financial assistance was Dr. Mohamad Faznin bin Mohamed Talib, representative from PERKESO. On hand to motivate patients and caregivers to lead a positive and healthier lifestyle included dietitian, Kher Pui Ling, who spoke on ‘Eating Healthy’ and taught patients and caregivers on how to make good food choices, while motivator speaker, Raymund Jagan spoke on ‘Living Positive’ that explains what are feel good factors that can make patients feel good about themselves. The topics dealt with reinforced the understanding of the patients and helped them and their caregivers to focus on whom they could approach when they needed assistance.

Attendees also got to visit the PERKESO and the NKF Public Education Department (PED) booths at the site of the Forum to learn more about the products and services offered. Meanwhile, every participant walked home with door gifts especially sponsored by Fresenius, Cymed Sdn. Bhd., B.Braun Medical Supplies Sdn. Bhd., Cotra Enterprises Sdn. Bhd. and NKF.

In a separate location at the Ground Floor of Melor Centre Stage, Berjaya Mega Mall, Kuantan, NKF LifeCheck, the NKF’s Mobile Health Screening Team, also carried out health screening for the public from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

For more information about NKF or to donate towards the organisation’s efforts, please visitwww.nkf.org.my or call 03-7954 9048.

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National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping Malaysians suffering from end stage kidney failure who lack access to or cannot afford dialysis treatment. NKF currently has over 1,500 dialysis patients receiving subsidized dialysis treatment in 26 dialysis centers nationwide.

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