Saudis lose kidneys faster and faster
The number of kidney patients in the Kingdom is expected to increase at alarming proportions with diabetes cases registered with the Health Ministry reaching more than 400,000, the supervisor of the Prince Fahd bin Salman Charity Association for Renal Failure Patients Care (Kilana) said on Wednesday.
“There are about 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom with their number increasing by 10 percent annually,” said Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, who is also assistant minister of petroleum and mineral resources.
Prince Abdul Aziz thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, chairman of the International Foundation for Humanitarian Works, for allocating SR400 million ($106 million) annually in support of kidney patients across the Kingdom.
“This humanitarian gesture will support Kilana and other charitable organizations in the country,” he said.
This situation demands mobilization of all national resources to prevent the spread of kidney diseases by launching a variety of awareness and medical programs, the prince said.
Ever since its formation, Kilana has been organizing a number of programs in association with public and private agencies, providing treatment and care to renal failure patients and their families, he added. Crown Prince Salman is the chairman of Kilana’s board of directors.