Sarawak Heart Centre receives haemodialysis machine to aid kidney patients

Fatimah (centre) presents a haemodialysis machine to Asri Riffin (second right) after the ceremony at the Sarawak Heart Centre yesterday (Feb 22). Photo credit: Ukas

by Marlynda Meraw

KOTA SAMARAHAN, Feb 23: The Sarawak Heart Centre has received a haemodialysis machine aimed at benefiting patients in need of treatment.

Minister of Women, Early Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah disclosed that this contribution amounting to RM41,150 was made under the Special Aid for Kidney Patients (BKPBP) initiative.

She listed a total of 24 haemodialysis machines to be issued to 14 health centres across the State.

“Two (machines) have been allocated to Lundu Hospital, one at Serian Hospital, while hospitals in Betong, Bintulu, and Mukah will each receive three machines. The Debak Health Clinic and hospitals in Saratok, Kanowit, Dalat and Limbang will each receive one machine, while the Tatau Health Clinic and hospitals in Lawas and Sarikei will each receive two machines,” explained Fatimah.

These details were shared by Fatimah during the Handover Ceremony of Haemodialysis Machines at PJS yesterday (Feb 22).

She emphasised that the BKPBP initiative, which is a State government initiative, aims to relieve the financial burden on kidney patients in Sarawak due to the costly treatments.

According to her, the donation of the machines is expected to address the growing demand for such equipment at the Sarawak Heart Centre, where an increasing number of patients are undergoing haemodialysis treatment.

The donated haemodialysis machines were received by the Director of PJS, Dr. Mohd Asri Riffin, which were handed to him by Fatimah during the ceremony.

Other notable attendees include the Director of the Sarawak Department of Social Welfare, Adana Jed, alongside the Deputy Resident of Samarahan Division, Anuar Da’an. —DayakDaily