THAILAND - The ministry's permanent secretary, Dr Paijit Warachit, said endstage renal failure had become a publichealth burden and would continue to increase every year.
According to a study by the Nephrology Society of Thailand, 31,496 people were suffering from endstage renal failure in 2008 and 400 new cases of the disease were diagnosed.
In a bid to commemorate World Kidney Day, the ministry wants to persuade members of the public to donate a kidney. The ministry expects to collect 840 kidneys this year.
-The Nation/Asia News Network