By Selangor Journal Team
SHAH ALAM, June 2 — A staggering 16 per cent of 22,767 individuals who took part in the state government’s free health screening programme Selangor Saring last year were found to suffer from chronic kidney disease.
The figure makes up about 3,600 individuals.
This was revealed by state executive councillor for public health Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud in a Facebook post today.
According to Dr Mariah, these individuals have since been referred to medical officers in panel clinics, nephrologists and experts at the Hospital Pengajar Universiti Putra Malaysia.
In an infographic she shared on her Facebook, it noted that individuals who are obese, aged 60 and above, suffering from kidney stone problems or gout, or hardcore smokers are at greater risks of suffering from a chronic kidney disease.
Dr Mariah also urged more individuals to come forward and take part in the Selangor Saring programme by registering via https://selangorsaring.selangkah.my/.
Previously on Wednesday, Dr Mariah had noted that Selangor Saring had recorded a total of 22,767 participants throughout last year, the highest for a community-led health screening campaign in Malaysia.
The three age groups with the highest participation are ages 31 to 45, 46 to 64, and 65 and above, making up 78 per cent of the total participants, which aligns with the state’s objective to screen high-risk individuals.
The free health screening programme is one of the six initiatives introduced by the state government for the people of Selangor.
A total of RM3.4 million has been allocated for the initiative, targeting individuals with a family medical history, obese, or who lead an unhealthy lifestyle.