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Tackling the Looming Kidney Disease Crisis in Singapore: A Call for Action

Tackling the Looming Kidney Disease Crisis in Singapore: A Call for Action

Urgency rises as doctors advocate for early screening, with the introduction of BUZUD ONE-STEP MICROALBUMINURIA TEST

Singapore is facing a kidney disease crisis, with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) warning of a shortage of dialysis spots for new patients. The Integrated Renal Centre, the largest dialysis facility in the country, is almost constantly full, highlighting the growing prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD). With more than 300,000 people diagnosed and an estimated additional 200,000 undetected cases, the situation is reaching a critical point.

The Silent Threat of Chronic Kidney Disease:

Many individuals remain unaware of their kidney health until they experience kidney failure. CKD is often asymptomatic in its early stages, making it a silent killer. For every 10 diagnosed cases, an estimated five to seven people are unaware of their condition, totaling around 200,000 potential undetected cases. Early detection is crucial, as CKD can progress to kidney failure if left unmanaged.

Rising Patient Numbers and Dialysis Challenges:

The NKF is witnessing a surge in new applications for dialysis spots, nearly doubling in the past five years. The current pace suggests that without intervention, dialysis centers may soon face a shortage of spots for new patients. Experts predict that if no changes occur, dialysis centers might need to be established at every Housing and Development Board (HDB) block.

The Impact on Patients:

Patients often discover their kidney issues only when their kidneys are on the brink of failure. At this stage, the damage is irreversible, and the only recourse is lifelong dialysis unless a transplant becomes an option. The emotional and physical toll on patients is immense, with restrictive diets and a loss of freedom becoming a part of their daily lives.

The Role of Early Screening:

Doctors emphasize the importance of early screening to detect CKD before it progresses. The Screen For Life program is identified as a potential solution, but some doctors advocate for broader coverage, including comprehensive kidney-function screening. Early detection not only improves the quality of life for patients but also proves more cost-effective in managing the disease.


Introducing the BUZUD ONE-STEP MICROALBUMINURIA TEST as a valuable tool for early kidney function screening. This simple and efficient test can detect microscopic traces of blood or protein in urine, providing crucial information about the kidneys’ filtering function. By incorporating such tests into routine health screenings, individuals can identify potential kidney issues early on.

The Cost of Inaction:

The financial burden of dialysis is substantial, estimated at S$300 million in 2021, and is expected to rise exponentially if the current trend persists. A 2018 study suggests that by 2035, almost a quarter of Singaporean residents aged 21 and above could have CKD, with more than half of these cases undiagnosed.

Shortage of Nurses and the Need for Intervention:

The crisis is further exacerbated by a shortage of nurses, exacerbated by the pandemic-driven exodus of healthcare professionals. Training new renal nurses is essential, but it takes time. The NKF expresses concerns about the potential consequences if the shortage of dialysis units and nurses persists.

The Importance of Broad Screening:

Experts emphasize the need for broad screening across the population to identify individuals at risk. Currently recommended for high-risk groups, kidney disease screening should be expanded to the general adult population. Early intervention through medication and lifestyle changes can significantly delay the progression of CKD and reduce the need for dialysis.

Raising Awareness:

Despite the severity of kidney disease and its impact on life expectancy, awareness remains low compared to diseases like cancer and heart disease. Doctors stress the need for increased public awareness and understanding of the severity of kidney disease, urging individuals to prioritize regular kidney screenings.

As Singapore stands on the brink of a kidney disease crisis, there is an urgent need for action. Early screening, incorporating innovative tests like the BUZUD ONE-STEP MICROALBUMINURIA TEST, broadening screening programs, and increasing public awareness are crucial steps towards mitigating the impending crisis. The time to act is now, ensuring a healthier future for the nation.



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