On behalf of the Organising Committee of @PHAK MASTERCLASS, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh Melaka. The theme for this MASTERCLASS series is “Diabetology and Nephrology”.
Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease are rapidly growing chronic diseases worldwide and Malaysia is not immune to this trend. The National Health and Morbidity Survey 2011 estimates the prevalance of diabetes (Malaysians 30 years of age and above) to be at 20.8%. About half of them are unaware of their medical condition.
Diabetes mellitus is a major cause of end stage renal disease (ESRD) worldwide. Providing care for dialysis patients is expensive. In 2012, the global cost of dialysis was estimated to be close to USD70 billion per annum. In Malaysia, 32,000 patients undergo maintenance dialysis with an annual growth rate of more than 10%. The Malaysian Dialysis and Transplantation Registry 2013 reported diabetic nephropathy as the predominant cause of ESRD accounting for 61% of new cases. This trend is predicted to put enormous burden on the country’s clinical, public health and economic resources.
@PHAK MASTERCLASS hopes to present an opportunity to healthcare providers to come together and share the most recent evidence and best practice in the field of diabetes and kidney disease.
This programme should ensure that delegates emerge with enhanced skills, which would ultimately lead to improvement of patient care. Our clinical educators are authorities in their respective field and the comprehensive syllabus is packed with a wealth of knowledge to provide delegates with an opportunity to understand clinically important advances in aspects of diabetology and nephrology.
It is with enthusiasm and encouragement that I welcome you to the symposium.
Lastly, PHAK would like to invite all health practitioners to join us in our mission to prevent and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes and kidney disease.
Take action- Stop Diabetes and Kidney Disease
Dr Chow Yok Wai
MD(USM), MRCP(UK), FRCP(Edin), AM(Mal)
Consultant Nephrologist and Physician
Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh Melaka