KANOWIT (Bernama) – Kidney patients in the district will heave a sigh of relief knowing that Kanowit Hospital has just received two new haemodialysis machines.
The machines worth RM89,000 were a contribution from Sarawak Land Development and Tourism Assistant Minister (Local Events and Products) Datuk Gramong Juna, who is also Machan assemblyman, to the hospital’s Haemodialysis Treatment Centre.
The centre set up in 2005 previously had only four haemodialysis machines and borrowed a machine from the Sibu Hospital when the number of patients increased.
A representative of patients at the centre, Mensan Jete, said the contribution meant the world to them especially patients who came from far such as Julau, Poi, Ngemah, Ngungun and Machan.
He said the 26 patients there were divided into two groups for different treatment schedules in a week, and some had to wait until late in the evening due to limited machines.
“This is troublesome for patients who live far away, especially those who need to use water transportation like boats.
“Some even have to stay the night in Kanowit, so these patients, who are mostly farmers, fork out a lot for this,” he said at a ceremony where he presented the machines yesterday.
Mensan, who was grateful to Gramong for the donation, said the centre was also in need of new chairs and tables as the existing ones were old and damaged.
Meanwhile, Gramong, in his speech, called on non-governmental organisations and corporate bodies to help the less fortunate by providing other necessities for the centre.