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Worrying number of new dialysis patients are Malays

NKF and Muis take kidney disease awareness programmes to mosques

Published on Apr 1, 2014 8:28 AM
 
There has been an increase in the number of new dialysis patients who are Malays. In 1999, one in six was a Malay; in 2012 the proportion was one in four. -- BERITA HARIAN FILE PHOTO

MORE of Singapore's new dialysis patients are turning out to be Malays, a worrying trend that has driven the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to take action.

It has teamed up with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) to reach out to Malays at mosques to educate them about kidney disease.

One of their first moves is to introduce posters on the need to eat healthily.

Health talks and health screenings are also to be conducted at the mosques, which are important meeting points for the community.

 
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