S’kan needs 10 more dialysis machines
Published on: Thursday, September 12, 2019
By: Winnie Kasmir
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SANDAKAN:  Elopura Assemblyman Calvin Chong urged the Government to look into the plight of kidney patients at the Haemodialysis Centre of Hospital Duchess of Kent. Calvin said he visited the Centre following complaints and noticed the Centre had inadequate Haemodialysis machines despite the rising number of kidney patients in this district.

 “I was briefed by the medical staff that the Centre had been facing this problem for a long time. As for now, it has only 28 machines which operated from Monday to Saturday.

 “Each machine can only serve three patients daily whereby each patient used the machine for about four hours,” he said, adding he would apply for an allocation from the Federal Finance Ministry in order for the Centre to have 10 more dialysis machines.

The Centre is operated under the government hospital and the only non-private Haemodialysis Centre in this district whereby several patients need to undergo dialysis in private centre which is costly and burdensome.

 “I was also informed that there are 12 kidney patients in dire for dialyses but need to be put on the waiting list due to lack of dialysis machines. It is devastating to know that some had waited for three months now,” he said.

Calvin hoped the government will look into this matter as soon as possible. Apart from that, he also hopes more medical staff can be assigned at the Haemodialysis Centre to improve and upgrade the facility and service.


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