As of this March, Brunei Darussalam will have a new dialysis centre namely the Jerudong Park Medical Centre, JPMC Renal Dialysis Unit. The Unit is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and JPMC through the Public Private Partnership, PPP and is the first privatised dialysis centre in the country. The matter was among those stated by the Minister of Health in the message in conjunction with World Kidney Day. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, the privatisation will reduce the government's burden in terms of building a new dialysis centre, maintenance works, providing assistance services and staff recruitment.
According to the statement by the World Kidney Day 2020 International Committee, in line with the International Society of Nephrology, 1 out of 10 people in the world experience chronic kidney disease. In this regard, the Minister of Health stated that Brunei Darussalam is not exempted from it, and is one of the countries that has the highest rate of end stage kidney disease in the world, which is also known as permanent kidney failure. The main causes of kidney disease in the country are diabetes and hypertension.
In line with this year's World Kidney Day theme, the Department of Renal Services has planned a number of activities throughout the year to disseminate information on chronic kidney disease and its prevention. Aside from that, the Department of Renal Services will also promote to patients with kidney disease to choose peritoneal dialysis or PD which is dialysis using a sterile cleansing fluid as the preferred method, by holding workshops, symposiums and PD-oriented health promotion activities. The Minister of Health in the message also shared that from the aspect of haemodialysis treatment, the country has six haemodialysis treatment centres provided throughout the four districts. It cannot be denied that the number of renal patients is increasing year to year. The Minister of Health explained that equipment for haemodialysis treatment units must also be increased to accommodate patients' needs.
World Kidney Day is celebrated in the second week of March every year as a health awareness campaign to raise the public's awareness on kidney disease and its effects. This year, the celebration carries the theme 'Living Well with Kidney Disease' aimed at giving hope and motivation to patients with kidney disease that they can still live well, and encourage them to empower their lives towards a healthier life.
Source: Radio Television Brunei