By Nigel Edgar
KUCHING, Oct 4: The state government is committed in setting up more dialysis centres to provide better access to treatment for the lower income group, in particular the rural areas.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg noted the need for more dialysis centres across the state, especially for the needy who are suffering from kidney disease.
He pledged to assist the Association of Wives of Ministers and Assistant Ministers of Sarawak (Sabati) to realise this objective.
“My wife whispered to me her intention to set up dialysis centres for the lower income, particularly in the rural areas.
“There are many people who are suffering from kidney disease but some places don’t have this facility, like Limbang and Kapit, while in Sibu and even Kuching are also limited.
“So my wife told me to help provide the dialysis machines. So tonight I pledge to help to set up this facility in the needed areas,” Abang Johari said in reference to his wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, who is Sabati president, at its fundraising dinner here yesterday.
The chief minister commended Sabati for continuously working together with the state government to ensure the needed aid and charity would reach the deserving members of society who are in need.
“If we work together, the community would be able to enjoy what is being implemented by the government. Hence the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is also emphasising on welfare.
“That is why I focus our policy to help the rural fishermen and farmers, including those in longhouses in terms of modern farming,” he said.
Abang Johari expressed confidence that once the state is able to transform its rural areas and economy, Sarawak could realise its vision to become the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030. — DayakDaily