The Star News 1 Feb 2009
Centre to continue dialysis treatment for the poor
PETALING JAYA: The Ping Rong-NKF Haemodialysis Centre will continue to provide treatment for the underprivileged even with the current economic downturn, said Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
“The centre will go on trying its best to source for funds to provide quality haemodialysis care for poor patients,” she said after presenting ang pows at the centre.
It costs the centre RM200,000 a year to provide treatment for the poor and underprivileged.
Chew and her mother, Cheng Ah Looi, were at the centre, handing out ang pows to 36 patients and staff. Also present was National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) CEO Wayne Woo.
The centre, which started operations in January 2004, has room for more patients, said Chew.
“There are currently 36 patients seeking treatment at the centre. We can accommodate another 24 patients.
“There is a special committee on NKF to ensure only deserving patients receive treatment from the centre,” she said.
Patients only need to pay RM50 per treatment at the centre. The balance of RM100 is paid by the Health Ministry and NKF.
Chew said the centre not only provide haemodialysis treatment but also trained nurses from private nursing colleges.
“Graduate nurses would train at NKF centres for six months to gain experience before being employed by the centres,” she said, adding that 70 nurses have been trained in 23 centres nationwide since the programme started in July last year.