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THERE are over 24,000 patients in the country suffering from kidney diseases, with an annual increase of 4,000 more. Nearly five to eight per cent of kidney patients are able to work but cannot secure a job due to the daily need for dialysis treatment.
Kidney patients often suffer from poor attentiveness, memory lapses and lethargy which limit their ability to work. Diagnosing and treating this disease is also costly.
Patients have to fork out at least RM30,000 to RM40,000 per annum on dialysis and medications.
The National Kidney Foundation’s Patient Incentive Fund was set up in 2003 to help patients with a loan to start a small business venture or a study loan, interest-free. Through this fund, kidney patients can secure an occupation which allows them to be gainfully employed and govern their lives with dignity.
For early detection and prevention of kidney disease, get a health screening. Details on NKF’s services at www.nkf.org.my or call 03-7954 9048.
IN AID OF BREAST CANCER PATIENTS
TEN per cent of sales from Antabax products sold between July 28 and Aug 31 at all Giant outlets nationwide will be donated to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association of Malaysia, to help breast cancer patients and survivors. Call 03-8075 6000.
HOME BREWED ONLINE
TAKEN moderately, coffee has a host of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease. Some athletes bank on coffee to boost their performance.
Now, there is an easy way to get the goodness of coffee at home, with Nescafe offering its Dolce Gusto experience online.
At www.dolce-gusto.com.my, customers can shop for the full range of machines, great cafe-style beverages and online exclusive accessories in an easy to navigate platform.
Just pick the products, add to the shopping basket and check-out. The chosen items will be delivered to your door within days.
SUNWAY Medical Centre is organising activities at the hospital to support World Breastfeeding Week, from now until next Tuesday. Events include talks on busting breastfeeding myths, benefits of breastfeeding and expressing for working mothers.
Admission if free. Call 03-7491 9191 ext 72061.