NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION PAYS HOMAGE TO PATIENTS AND STAFF
OCT 23, 2019 @7.01PM
In conjunction with its 50th anniversary this year, the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) paid homage to patients who were aided by the organisation, together with nurses and staff who have served at NKF’s dialysis centres located throughout the country.
Aptly themed “A Golden Journey”, the anniversary celebration was attended by Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman, president of the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia; Dato’ Dr Zaki Morad Mohd Zaher its chairman, members of the board of governors and board of directors, former and existing staff, patients as well as donors.
“Since our inception in 1969, NKF has grown tremendously and reached such a great number of patients, thanks to the unwavering support of various government bodies and agencies, countless other organisations and individuals. This has enabled us to expand our role from being just a dialysis treatment provider, to becoming a one-stop national resource centre for all kidney-related matters. Our tireless efforts to fight kidney-related disease has also been recognised through the Code of Good Governance which was recently awarded to NKF by the Registry of Societies Malaysia,” said Zaki.
“Now that we have achieved the endorsement by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for all our centres, the MQA Accreditation of our Training Centre, and MSQH for several dialysis centres, our patients can be assured of consistent high quality service,” he added.
The organisation is on the forefront of promoting public awareness of kidney disease and its treatment, while striving to raise the standards of care it provides to patients with kidney failure and those who are suffering from various kidney-related illnesses.
Currently, regular health talks, public forums, health screening and counselling sessions are conducted in various cities and towns to educate the community on early detection and prevention of kidney failure.
In recent times, these included NKF’s #SihatBersama and #GreenWednesday social media campaign, which were launched in support of MOH efforts to promote healthy living as well as educating the public on organ donation and organ transplantation.
To date, the foundation has screened 600,000 individuals for early signs of kidney disease, including the Orang Asli community. Over the next few years, NKF will be channelling more resources – including using social media platforms – to promote kidney health and prevention of kidney failure.
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