No rise in number of patients treated with renal replacement therapies

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE total number of patients being treated with renal replacement therapies (RRT) has maintained in 2015 from the previous year, the Ministry of Health (MoH) stated.

According to statistics by the Renal Registry Unit, Department of Renal Services, a total of 698 patients were treated with RRT in both 2014 and 2015.

However, the percentage of patients in 2015 who received peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplantation rose while the number of patients who were started on haemodialysis decreased.

Despite the decrease, haemodialysis remains the largest treatment modality in the country with 586 patients as of the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, only 67 patients are on peritoneal dialysis and 45 patients received kidney transplantations in 2015.

In conjunction with World Kidney Day, observed annually on March 10, the Department of Renal Services has planned various activities as part of its initiatives to promote the benefits of peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation in Brunei.

According to the statement, both kidney transplant and peritoneal dialysis are especially beneficial among younger patients as it offers youth better quality of life compared to remaining on haemodialysis.

On March 13, the Department of Renal Services held a workshop on ‘Renal Anaemia Management for Renal Patients’ to provide up-to-date knowledge and information with the aim of providing the best possible quality of healthcare services on par with countries worldwide.

The MoH will also hold an event for World Kidney Day on April 17 at the Rimba Dialysis Centre in Gadong from 7am till 11am.

The event, which is open to the public, is aimed at students, parents as well as ‘high risk’ groups.

The activities that have been organised for the event includes a walkathon, zumba, renal health exhibition, renal health promotion talk and various activities for students as a way to raise public awareness on the general benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

The Brunei Times