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BINTULU, Oct 15: The Sarawak government commends the establishment of the new St John Ambulance of Malaysia-Kawasan Pantai Selangor (SJAM-KPS) hemodialysis Centre here for the benefit of kidney patients in Sarawak.
The two-storey building which is the size of a 1.06 acres will accommodate about 100 units of dialysis machines. Presently, there are 44 units in operation.
Deputy Minister for Public Health, Housing and Local Government Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said this is in line with the Sarawak government’s efforts to provide quality healthcare to its people.
“We appreciate the efforts shown by Yayasan SJAM-KPS in this effort to improve the quality of life, so that dialysis treatment can be done more easily for patients in need.
“We also hope that more dialysis centers can be established in Sarawak to meet the needs of those with low and moderate income communities,” he said when speaking at the opening ceremony of the new haemodialysis centre yesterday (Oct 14).
Penguang also said that the Sarawak government supports the implementation of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Pre-dialysis Education Programme and MYBuahPinggang website which are designed to assist stage 4 and 5 chronic kidney patients in getting the important information on their treatment.
He also commended the preventive measures taken by the MOH in holding a campaign to promote the eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) test among patients who have the potential to get kidney disease.
Also present were SJAM-KPS chief operations officer Dato Yeo Kim Thong, the event’s organising chairman Dr Lim Tee Leong, former federal Minister of Housing and Local Government Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh and Bintulu resident Datu Jack Aman Luat. — DayakDaily