Bach Mai, a major hospital in Hanoi, held a public meeting on March 12 as part of efforts to raise local awareness on kidney failure and mobilise community support for patients.

The activity was organised in response to World Kidney Day, initiated by the World Health Organisation.

Approximately 8,000 people are diagnosed with kidney-related diseases every year in Vietnam, amounting to 6.73 percent of the country’s total population, said doctor Nguyen Huu Dung, head of the artificial kidney unit of Bach Mai hospital.

Domestic estimates reveal a 90 percent mortality rate among patients with full-blown kidney failure.

At present, Bach Mai’s doctors are taking care for a close of 650 patients with kidney failure.-VNA