World Kidney Day 2017

The number of people in Brunei Darussalam living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is increasing, with 1 in every 550 people in the country faced with the disease. However, the Ministry of health said that due to accessibility to appropriate kidney or renal care, education and essential medicines, many of those living with this ailment are still able to live and enjoy time with their families.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi explained this in his message in conjunction with World Kidney Day 2017 which falls today. Brunei Darussalam celebrates the day together with other countries and the World Health Organization in an effort to raise awareness on the disease.

Yang Berhormat explained that CKD is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide and its numbers continue to rise. Therefore, World Kidney Day is crucial in educating the public and the medical community on the importance of prevention and early detection of kidney disease. The theme of this year's World Kidney Day, "Kidney Disease and Obesity. Move for Kidneys" focuses on increasing awareness on the association of obesity to kidney disease and how a healthy lifestyle can help avoid these risks.

The Minister of Health stressed that everyone need to be concerned on how obesity is attributable to CKD since it is a well-known risk factor of diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Obesity, the Minister explained is a worldwide epidemic and constitutes the fifth highest risk factor for global deaths. Obesity is of a concern to the country because the Global Nutrition Report 2016 has placed Brunei Darussalam as the highest ranked country for adult obesity in the ASEAN region, with 61% of Bruneians being categorized as either overweight or obese.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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